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UniCredit at Paris Photo 2007

The Group's collection invited to represent Italy's photographic heritage

It is "the" fair of photography, the most important of all international photo shows, representing the best art expressions from all over the world for the last eleven years.

This year Paris Photo has chosen UniCredit Group to represent the scene of great Italian collections.
This participation takes place in co-operation with the General Directorate for Cultural Promotion and Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the DARC-Art and Architecture Directorate of the Ministry of Culture.

A selection from more than 300 contemporary photos of works ranging from the 1970s to the 1990s - decades characterized by top-quality photography, still relatively unknown outside our country - now belonging to the Italian heritage of UniCredit, will be on display at Carrousel du Louvre on November 15-18, 2007, within an exhibiting and cultural system that includes shows, presentations of books and catalogues, and conferences.


This eleventh edition of Paris Photo grants a place of honour to Italy and to its contemporary production, represented by the Galleries at the fair, as well as by the UniCredit collection (on display at Exposition Centrale) and the Statement section, including projects by individual artists in co-operation with eight galleries, also
supported by UniCredit Group for their transfer to Paris.


UniCredit will offer an overview of the main institutional collections of Italian videos in the Project Room section, integrating this complex review of contemporary photography in our Country, under the supervision of Walter Guadagnini, President of the scientific commission of the UniCredit & Art Project.


UniCredit's participation to the initiative, presented today at the Armory Show in NY by the organizers of Paris Photo, falls within the framework of UniCredit's involvement in contemporary languages at a pan-European level and, particularly, in the promotion of young creative resources in the 20 Countries where the Group operates.


The Group's international collection, which includes more than 50,000 works ranging from archaeological finds to the great Masters of the past (such as Fragonard, Goya, Tintoretto, Carracci) and to the 20th century (with, among others, Klein, Beuys, Flavin, Baselitz, Richter, Cragg...) and more recent trends, is strongly focused on photography, one of the languages that best represent our time.
As to photography, the Group's collection includes both Italian works and 1100 international works from the early 20th century to the 1950s, from the Ba-Ca collection, as well as 2500 contemporary works (including masterpieces by such artists as Bernd and Hilla Becher, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, Candida Höfer) from HVB.



Milan, March 2, 2007



Ufficio Stampa

Carlotta Magnanini - UniCredit Group
tel. +39 02 88622920


UniCredit Art Project Leader