“CHRONORAMA. Photographic Treasures of the 20th Century” is the first worldwide exhibition dedicated to photographic masterpieces (407 pieces!) from the Condè Nast archives that were recently acquired by the Pinault collection.
The 20th Century regains life in Palazzo Grassi thanks to immortal pictures that scan the passing decades: in particular, the more than 400 exhibited pieces retrace the events, the icons, and the enticing charm permeating the air between 1910 and 1979. This irresistible flux of images presents works by great artists, illustrators, and photographic illustrations from the previous century. Among these, it is impossible to not mention Edward Steichen, Berenice Abbott, Cecil Beaton, Lee Miller, André Kertész, Horst P. Horst, Diane Arbus, Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, Eduardo Garcia Benito, Helen Dryden e George Wolfe Plank.
A generation of artists that have defined the photographic and artistic aesthetics of an era, freezing in time a once-in-a-million moment of pure uniqueness and personalities like Charlie Chaplin, James Joyce, Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Salvador Dalí, Jackson Pollock, Marlon Brando, Jean-Luc Godard, Sophia Loren, Marcel Duchamp, Johnny Cash, Sigmund Freud, and many, many others! In between the portraits of the icons from the entertainment world, you will find photographs of haute couture, still life, architecture, photo-reportages, and essays of photographic documentaries that testify to the daily life of the 1900s, with its drama and dreams.
The chronological order is maintained linear to allow the exploration of the evolution of taste in both fashion and interior design, and also real artistic revolutions: from Cubism, contaminating the clothing of the European élite, to Neoclassicism, in the first postwar period, showing through the feminine silhouettes wrapped in corsets, and then to Art Déco, declined in the architecture of big capital cities.
The exhibition will remain open up until the 7th of January 2024, every day (except for Tuesdays) from 10 AM to 7 PM. Don’t miss it! Here is the link to buy your tickets.