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"Look at Me! From Nadar to Gursky: Portraits from the UniCredit Art Collection"

The works will be on display at the UniCredit Pavilion from December 20, 2016 to January 29, 2017
A major new exhibition, entitled "Look at Me! From Nadar to Gursky: Portraits from the UniCredit Art Collection" and curated by Walter Guadagnini, will open on Dec. 20 at the UniCredit Pavilion in Milan.

The exhibition includes a selection of major works from UniCredit's art collections in Austria, Germany and Italy. Drawing on collections from three of the Group's largest banks, this is the first show in Italy that UniCredit is presenting that focuses exclusively on photography. The UniCredit Art Collection now includes more than 4,000 historic and contemporary photographs.

Continuing with the theme from last year's exhibition "The Gaze of…" and also drawing on Miguel Chevalier’s interactive installation in "Onde Pixel," UniCredit Pavilion is seeking to investigate the relationship between people and art.

The exhibition points out ways in which the world can be understood as theater, where everyone sooner or later would rather be watched than be watchers. "Look at Me!" underscores the photographer's call to look at the camera, but also the subject’s desire to become the center of the image.

Conceived as a survey of works from the late 19th century to the present, the exhibition includes 170 photos and occupies three levels of the UniCredit Pavilion, arranged according to six different themes:

  • On the ground floor, two themed sections, "The Face of Society" and "The Individual and the Multitude," examine the relationship between the subject and their environment, addressing their different forms of appearance and their influence on the individual. The photos shown include works by Cartier-Bresson, Weegee and Ghirri.
  • The Passerella dell'Arte, or "Art Walkway," will include sections labeled "The Artist as Model" and "Hall of Fame," with portraits of 20th century artists, politicians and intellectuals, tackling the issue of the representation of celebrity and associated ideas. Here visitors will be presented with photos by Nadar, Man Ray, Catalano and Marclay.
  • In the Green House, "The Portrait of the Body" and "The Mise en Scène" present portraits taken either in the studio or in ordinary settings – many of them consisting of snapshots taken on the street. These examine how society and individuals alike may seek to invent or reinvent people's faces, selves or the surrounding world. The section features works by Bellocq, Richter, Arbus and Probst.

"Look at Me! From Nadar to Gursky: Portraits from the UniCredit Art Collection"
UniCredit Pavilion, Piazza Gae Aulenti, 10 – Milan
From December 20, 2016, to January 29, 2017
Opening times: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am-7 pm
Tickets: €8 for adults; free for children under 18; €6 for those who qualify for discount
More information: www.unicreditpavilion.it

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The Group's collection of art contains more than 60,000 pieces, from ancient artifacts to major works by great masters of the past, including Girolamo Savoldo, Dosso Dossi and Pietro Longhi.

The collection also includes works by modern masters such as Yves Klein, Fernand Léger, Giorgio de Chirico, Kurt Schwitters, Oskar Kokoschka, Gustav Klimt and prominent contemporary artists such as Christo, Georg Baselitz, Gerhard Richter, Andreas Gursky and Giulio Paolini. It contains more than 4,000 historical and contemporary photographs.

The impact of the collection has been extended across the world through numerous loans for temporary exhibitions, long-term loans to major institutions, installations within the Group's own offices and those of its subsidiaries, and international exhibitions conceived and curated by the bank.

Walter Guadagnini was born in Cavalese (Trento) in 1961. In 1985 he graduated with a degree in modern liberal arts from the University of Bologna, with a dissertation in contemporary art history. He lives and works in Bologna, where since 1992 he has been a professor of contemporary art history at the Accademia di Belle Arti. Since 2011 he has been a professor of the history of photography and coordinator of the photography biennial held by the Accademia.

Since 2004 he has been chairman of the Scientific Committee of UniCredit and Art, and in October 2016 he became the new director of the Italian Center for Photography in Turin.

Among many other exhibitions, in 2009 he curated "Past Present Future – Highlights from the UniCredit Group Collection" at the Kunstforum in Vienna, which then traveled to the Palazzo della Ragione in Verona and the Yapi Kredi Cultural Center in Istanbul. In 2011 he curated "Things Are Queer" at the MARTa Museum in Herford, Germany, and "People and the City" at the Winzavod Centre for Contemporary Art in Moscow (subsequently shown at COCA in Torun, Poland). In 2000 he edited "Fotografia" for Zanichelli, Bologna. In 2007 he edited "100 – La fotografia in cento immagini" ("Photography in 100 Images") for Motta Editore, Milan. In 2010 he edited "Una storia della fotografia del XX e del XXI secolo” ("A History of Photography in the 20th and 21st Centuries") for Zanichelli, Bologna.

He was also the editor of the four-volume project "Photography" ("The Origins, 1839-1890," "A New Vision of the World, 1891-1940," "From the Press to the Museum, 1941-1980," and "The Contemporary Era, 1981-2013"), published between 2011 and 2014 by Skira, in both English and Italian.

Since 2006 he has also been responsible for the photography section of "Il Giornale dell’Arte."