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Luigi Ghirri

Luigi Ghirri is one of the most important and influential photographic artists in Italy and indeed the world.

His photographs convey a yearning for a distinctly classical aesthetic, which he explores in perfectly composed images while at the same time introducing a counterpoint in the form of often dreary scenarios which he stylizes, heightens and distils into a view that might be described as Melancholia Italiana. The image of Italian life he projects is one of emptiness, longing and absence by creating a form of expression that was in keeping with the mood of the day and reflected the Italian view of their own country and the wider world. The compositional perfection contrasts with a reality that falls far short of it, in images harboring both social criticism and hope. This is what made, and still makes, Luigi Ghirri such an outstanding representative of his time. —Axel Jablonski

  • 2019

      Luigi Ghirri – The Map and the Territory Retrospective
      Feb 12

      Jeu de Paume, Paris
  • 2018

  • 2016

  • 2013

    • Solo Exhibition
      Luigi Ghirri – Pensare per Immagini
      Apr 24

      MAXXI Museum, Rom, Italy
  • 2012

  • 2011

  • 2009

  • 2008

    • News
      20 Years // MAI 36 GALERIE // 1988-2008
      Oct 25, 2008
  • 2001

    • Solo Exhibition
      Luigi Ghirri – Antologica 1972-1992
      Sep 01

      Palazzo Magnani, Chiostri di San Domenico, Reggio Emilia, Italy; Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
  • 1992

    • died in
      Roncocesi, Reggio Emilia, Italy
      Feb 14

  • 1990

    • Solo Exhibition
      Luigi Ghirri
      Jan 01

      Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saone, France
  • 1984

    • Solo Exhibition
      Luigi Ghirri – Optica
      Jan 01

      Centre for Contemporary Art, Montreal, Canada
  • 1975

    • Solo Exhibition
      Luigi Ghirri – Colazione sull’erba
      Jan 01

      Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Italy
  • 1943

    • born in
      Scandiano, Reggio Emilia, Italy
      Jan 05


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