9 December 2022 – 10 February 2023
We celebrate the centenary of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s birth with an exhibition of 29 portraits by photographer Dino Pedriali, curated by Professor Marco Belpoliti.
The photos, taken shortly before Pasolini’s tragic death in 1975, portray the intellectual at his two homes: Sabaudia and Torre di Chia. The striking pictures reveal the intimacy between the subject and the photographer, and constitute one of the last traces of one of the most significant writers and intellectuals of the Novecento.
On Friday 9 December, we celebrated the opening of the exhibition with a brief introductory conversation with the curator, writer and critic Professor Marco Belpoliti, and with Professor Robert Gordon.
Private collection, courtesy of Fondazione Luigi Rovati
Marco Belpoliti is a Professor writer and critic, has written on Pier Paolo Pasolini, Giorgio Manganelli and Gianni Celati, among others. Among his most recent books: Pasolini e il suo doppio (Guanda, 2022), Photo Levi (Acquario editore 2021), Pianura (Einaudi 2021), La prova (Guanda, 2017); winner of the Dessì and Comisso Prizes; La strategia della farfalla (Guanda, 2016), Primo Levi di fronte e di profilo (Guanda 2015), winner of The Bridge Prize. His books have been translated in various languages. He writes for La Repubblica and L’Espresso. He lectures at the University of Bergamo. With Elio Grazioli he is series editor of the journal Riga (Quodlibet). He directs the online journal Doppiozero.
Robert Gordon is Serena Professor of Italian and Professor of Modern Italian Culture at the University of Cambridge. He is the author or editor of several volumes, including a major study of Pier Paolo Pasolini and several books on the work of Primo Levi. He has been co-editor of Culture, Censorship and the State in 20th-Century Italy and he is also the author of a general account of modern Italian literature, A Difficult Modernity: An Introduction to Twentieth-Century Italian Literature. He has taught at Oxford University and was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 2015.