Torino Foto Festival – New Landscapes

La semplice storia di un fotografo

Paolo Pellion di Persano


Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea

Curated by
Marcella Beccaria, Andrea Viliani

The exhibition brings Paolo Pellion di Persano’s photographs together for the first time, including many previously never shown before now. His photographs piece together an outstanding tale of the lively artistic life of Turin and its surroundings.

The exhibition displays the author’s work from his beginnings in the 1970’s, pinpointing his core themes: travels, the social unrest of the time, the development of the Arte Povera Movement, his work in the fashion world and his love for theatre. Another section is devoted to the long-standing relationship between Pellion and the Rivoli Castle Museum, starting with its beginnings in 1984 and that lasted till 2012 and beyond, resulting in an engaging narrative that conveys the wealth of historical layering, collections and exposition in every room of the Museum. As well as the original prints by the author, the exhibition includes documentary material such as personal objects and work tools and instruments that were usually stored in his laboratory in Castagneto Po.

Also on show the generous donation the heirs made in 2023 of his archive, including about 44,000 negatives, to the Museum’s Research Centre. The project is supported by Strategia Fotografia 2023 and promoted by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture.