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"Look at Me! From Nadar to Gursky: Portraits from the UniCredit Art Collection"

The works will be on display at the UniCredit Pavilion from December 20, 2016 to January 29, 2017



A major new exhibition, entitled "Look at Me! From Nadar to Gursky: Portraits from the UniCredit Art Collection" and curated by Walter Guadagnini, will open on Dec. 20 at the UniCredit Pavilion in Milan.


The exhibition includes a selection of major works from UniCredit's art collections in Austria, Germany and Italy. Drawing on collections from three of the Group's largest banks, this is the first show in Italy that UniCredit is presenting that focuses exclusively on photography. The UniCredit Art Collection now includes more than 4,000 historic and contemporary photographs.


Continuing with the theme from last year's exhibition "The Gaze of..." and also drawing on Miguel Chevalier's interactive installation in "Onde Pixel," UniCredit Pavilion is seeking to investigate the relationship between people and art.


The exhibition points out ways in which the world can be understood as theater, where everyone sooner or later would rather be watched than be watchers. "Look at Me!" underscores the photographer's call to look at the camera, but also the subject's desire to become the center of the image.


Conceived as a survey of works from the late 19th century to the present, the exhibition includes 170 photos and occupies three levels of the UniCredit Pavilion, arranged according to six different themes:


- On the ground floor, two themed sections, "The Face of Society" and "The Individual and the Multitude," examine the relationship between the subject and their environment, addressing their different forms of appearance and their influence on the individual. The photos shown include works by Cartier-Bresson, Weegee and Ghirri.


- The Passerella dell'Arte, or "Art Walkway," will include sections labeled "The Artist as Model" and "Hall of Fame," with portraits of 20th century artists, politicians and intellectuals, tackling the issue of the representation of celebrity and associated ideas. Here visitors will be presented with photos by Nadar, Man Ray, Catalano and Marclay.


- In the Green House, "The Portrait of the Body" and "The Mise en Scène" present portraits taken either in the studio or in ordinary settings - many of them consisting of snapshots taken on the street. These examine how society and individuals alike may seek to invent or reinvent people's faces, selves or the surrounding world. The section features works by Bellocq, Richter, Arbus and Probst.


Milan, December 19, 2016



"Look at Me! From Nadar to Gursky: Portraits from the UniCredit Art Collection"

UniCredit Pavilion, Piazza Gae Aulenti, 10 - Milan

From December 20, 2016, to January 29, 2017

Opening times: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am-7 pm

Tickets: €8 for adults; free for children under 18; €6 for those who qualify for discount


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