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Pasolini in Chiaroscuro

Mar 29 — Sep 29, 2024 | Villa Sauber, Monaco

Francesco Vezzoli is part of Pasolini in Chiarascuro, at Villa Sauber, Monaco.

The exhibition at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco - Villa Sauber approaches the work of Pier Paolo Pasolini by looking at the ways in which classical and contemporary painting influence his filmmaking. The term “chiaroscuro” in the title refers to the painterly technique of the likes of Caravaggio as much as to the black and white in Accattone. The exhibition brings together a variety of pieces (film excerpts, paintings, drawings, installations, photographs), dating from the 16th century to the present day. It finishes with a presentation of contemporary art works in which over thirty international artists have paid tribute to Pier Paolo Pasolini.

Pasolini is perhaps the last internationally famed European intellectual. Half a century after his death, his influence is still felt in the various fields in which he worked: he is read, quoted, commented on and adapted; he inspires today’s creators. While he liked to define himself above all as a “writer”, it was his films that brought him public attention. Cinema was a sounding board for his political ideas and held a central place in his body of work. It is this aspect, seen through the lens of the influence which classical and contemporary art had on his cinematographic aesthetics, that is the main focus of this exhibition.

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