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Leopardi’s bicentenary
Villa Colloredo, Recanati
Mario Giacomelli, A Silvia, 1964
CRAF inaugurates Leopardi’s bicentenary

Poetry, art and photography unite for the bicentennial celebrations of L'Infinito by Leopardi: a year-long event including exhibitions, shows, conferences, publications and the extraordinary exhibition of the manuscript of L'Infinito at Villa Colloredo Mels in Recanati from December 20th to May 20th 2019. CRAF takes part in this prestigious national event with the loan of the photo report by Mario Giacomelli dedicated to the famous opera "A Silvia". The presence of the Centre is particularly significant, as it bears witness to the value of the Friulian archive as memory and treasure chest of the most important Italian authors on the history of photography: "We are truly honoured to contribute to the event that recalls endless and infinite expressions of man in nature, the most important theme in Leopardi's thought, by publicly exhibiting, for the first time, images preserved in the Spilimbergo archives ", states CRAF director Luca Giuliani.

The exhibition, to which CRAF has contributed and which opens the entire series of events dedicated to the famous poet from Recanati, selects the presence of Leopardi in Mario Giacomelli’s artistic production, and focuses on one of the crucial turning-points of photographer’s works - joining photography and poetry. This not only because of the translation of poetic texts into sequences throughout the photographer’s works, but above all because it is possible to find the influence of the theories of the photo-story and montage of images by the fellow Luigi Crocenzi: " CRAF has safeguarded the archive of this important intellectual from the Marche region, who gave us the photo-story A Silvia since 1995- confirms Giuliani - the fruitful collaboration between these two personalities, Crocenzi and Giacomelli, allows us to highlight decisive and unpublished aspects of the photographer's work ". the photographic transposition of A Silvia in the Sixties stems from this association and is now presented in Recanati for the first time in the original 1964 version.

With "Mario Giacomelli. Giacomo Leopardi, L'Infinito, A Silvia ", title of the exhibition curated by Alessandro Giampaoli and Marco Andreani (inaugurated last 20 December and open until 20 May 2019), finally enhances the photographic sequence at the centre of one of the most fascinating and less investigated chapters in the history of post-war Italian photography. The series, composed of 34 vintages of various formats, was commissioned to Luigi Crocenzi and Giacomelli in 1964. The initiative was part of a wider project to spread the great masterpieces of literature through photography, which also involved Ugo Mulas , Ferdinando Scianna and Toni Nicolini, an archive also conserved by CRAF. The first screenplay by A Silvia was written by Alvaro Valentini and the final one written by Crocenzi for the television projection within the RAI Telescuola programmes. For educational and technical needs, the 34 photographs are a faithful translation of the verses of Leopardi: "You can see the interesting cinematographic solutions adopted in the passage from the view of Leopardi's studio to the window in the foreground, to mimic the effect of a plethora - and in the triptych of portraits that mark the progressive change of the expression A Silvia from "happy" to "thoughtful." a precious documentary collection that bears witness to the close correspondence between Crocenzi and Giacomelli and Count Leopardi is Also on display.

"Infinito Leopardi" is a project promoted by the National Committee for the celebrations of the bicentennial of Giacomo Leopardi's L'Infinito, instituted by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities (MIBAC), with the participation of Regione Marche, Municipality of Recanati, Centro Nazionale Studi Leopardiani, Casa Leopardi, Centro Mondiale della Poesia e della Cultura and Università degli Studi di Macerata, CRAF.
Recanati
 
Mario Giacomelli, A Silvia, 1964
Mario Giacomelli, A Silvia, 1964
Mario Giacomelli, A Silvia, 1964
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