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Antonio Gramsci. The Prison Notebooks



Antonio Gramsci. The Prison Notebooks

Antonio Gramsci. The Prison Notebooks
Exhibition curated by Silvio Pons and Francesco Giasi

Italian Cultural Institute
39 Belgrave Square
London SW1X 8NX

30 October – 10 November 2017
Monday to Friday 10am – 6pm
(closed on Wednesday 1 November)

This exhibition results from a collaboration between the Fondazione Gramsci Onlus and the Italian Cultural Institute, supported by the Fondazione di Sardegna.

The exhibition will be opened on Monday 30th October at 6.30pm with a lecture by Silvio Pons. [BOOK NOW]

On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of Antonio Gramsci’s death (1891-1937), the Italian Cultural Institute hosts an exhibition featuring the originals of the 33 Prison Notebooks – that is, the texts written by Antonio Gramsci from 8th February 1929 during his imprisonment – one of the most significant works of Italian and international political, philosophical and literary thinking.

The originals of the Notebooks are exhibited for the first time in the United Kingdom and, more generally, out of Italy. This exhibition aims to renew the link between Gramsci’s thought and British culture, inaugurated by the "dialogue" with Ludwig Wittgenstein through Piero Sraffa, Professor at Cambridge in the same years of the Austrian philosopher, and "blown up" after the publication of the Selections from the Prison Notebooks by Lawrence and Wishart, edited and translated by Quintin Hoare and Geoffrey Nowell-Smith (1971).

The Notebooks are accompanied by touch screens featuring their digital edition, thus allowing the visitors to virtually leaf through their pages.

This exhibition will also be the opportunity to take stock of the studies about Gramsci from a global perspective, through a series of lectures and talks which will be announced soon.

Silvio Pons is Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Rome Tor Vergata and President of the Fondazione Gramsci in Rome. He has been visiting professor and fellow in renowned Universities such as the St Antony's College (Oxford), the Columbia University (New York) and the Istituto Universitario Europeo (Florence). He has often been a guest of important institututions such as the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow), the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Beijing), the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), the Hoover Institution (Stanford), the Woodrow Wilson Center (Washington DC). He is author of several books about Communism, Cold War and contemporay Italy. He edited the Dictionary of 20th-Century Communism published in the USA by Princeton University Press. His most recent book is The Global Revolution: A History of International Communism, 1917–1991 translated into English by Oxford University Press. He is General Editor of the Cambridge History of Communism.

Francesco Giasi is Director of the Fondazione Gramsci. He is on the board of the Edizione nazionale degli scritti di Antonio Gramsci [National Edition of the Writings by Antonio Gramsci] and curator of the first two volumes of Gramsci’s correspondence (Epistolario 1906-1922, Istituto della Enciclopedia italiana 2008 and Epistolario 1923, id., 2011). He curated the exhibitions Palmiro Togliatti. Un padre della Costituzione (Rome, Palazzo Montecitorio, 2014) and Gramsci e la Grande Guerra (Rome, Archivio Centrale dello Stato, 2017).



Date: Da Monday, October 30, 2017 a Friday, November 10, 2017

Time: From 10:00 am To 6:00 pm

Organized by : IIC Londra

Entrance : Free


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