Mario De Biasi

Mario De Biasi

The “Casa dei Tre Oci” in Venice shows the wide retrospective “Mario De Biasi. Photographs 1947-2003”, dedicated to one of the greatest Italian photographers, tireless narrator of the world, Mario De Biasi. The review retraces the entire production of the photoreporter, from the beginning of his collaboration with the magazine Epoca up to the last works. Compatibly with possible restrictive measures for the containment of the pandemic, the exhibition will be open to the public until July 31, 2021. It is curated by Enrica Viganò in collaboration with the Mario De Biasi Archive, organized by Civita Tre Venezie with Admira and promoted by the Fondazione di Venezia.

Among the many unpublished works, the Casa dei Tre Oci exhibits for the first time the entire sequence of the most famous and probably most loved photo of De Biasi: “Italians turn around”, realized in 1954 for the weekly magazine Bolero Film and chosen by Germano Celant as the guiding image of his exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, “The Italian Metamorphosis 1943-1968”. A splendid Moira Orfei dressed in white strolls through the center of Milan, attracting the gaze of a group of men.

Images of an Italy devastated by war, the desire for rebirth and reconstruction, the memorable glimpses of New York, the close-up perspective of the Hungarian uprising of 1956, services in Siberia with -65 °, Mount Etna in eruption are exhibited. There is no lack of moments of lightness and daily intimacy with kisses and lunch breaks all over the world. Also on display are images of the moon landing and her most famous portraits, including those of Sofia Loren, Brigitte Bardot, Fellini, Maria Callas.


Location: Giudecca Island, Venice

Schedule: until July 31, 2021