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Luigi Ghirri. The Map and the Territory

Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid

26 Sep 2018 - 7 Jan 2019

The first major Luigi Ghirri retrospective to go on show outside the artist’s native Italy focuses on the 1970s – a key period in the expansion of the suburbs around the world, the emergence of conceptual art and the mainstreaming of Pop and its strategies of appropriation. Framed inside this context, Ghirri began to photograph the suburbs of Modena. The end of that decade would culminate in two significant moments in Ghirri’s career: the publication, in 1978, of Kodachrome, and in 1979 the unveiling of his first major exhibition ‘Vera Fotografia’ in Parma. This exhibition is structured around two key themes: the territory and the map. The selection of works here reprises the poetic cartography of the 1979 show, which, across 14 series, surveyed a compendium of the places Ghirri travelled through. Find out more about the Luigi Ghirri exhibition from Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía’s website.

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Salzburg (1977), Luigi Ghirri. Courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery © Legado de Luigi Ghirri

Salzburg (1977), Luigi Ghirri. Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery; © Legado de Luigi Ghirri

Brest (1972), Luigi Ghirri. © Legado de Luigi Ghirri

Brest (1972), Luigi Ghirri. © Legado de Luigi Ghirri

Modena (1972), Luigi Ghirri. Courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery © Legado de Luigi Ghirri

Modena (1972), Luigi Ghirri. Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery; © Legado de Luigi Ghirri

Paris (1972), Luigi Ghirri. Courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery © Legado de Luigi Ghirri

Paris (1972), Luigi Ghirri. Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery © Legado de Luigi Ghirri

Pescara (1972), Luigi Ghirri. © Legado de Luigi Ghirri

Pescara (1972), Luigi Ghirri. © Legado de Luigi Ghirri

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