You probably wonder why I am regularly posting about art and photography exhibits in Milan recently; well, my answer is that since the end of last year Milan is full of amazing events and they are all worth a visit. January was the month of two great photography events: Vivian Maier exhibit (you can read my post here) and Gabriele Basilico exhibition at UniCredit Pavilion.
It was my first Basilico exhibit: I knew his work but I never manage to see many of his photographs together and I enjoyed this special exhibition dedicated to one of the most interesting Basilico’s subjects, the urban nature and the city movement and change (the name of the collection is “City, I listen to your heart”). 150 photographs talking of cities: Moscow, Paris, Berlin, Istanbul, Madrid, Shanghai, Naples, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Beirut….all these cities are pictured in a new and intense way through the beauty of their building and architecture or through the uniqueness of a street view. It is not only about monuments, it is more about spontaneous beauty that can blossom everywhere.
And then Milan: a specific area of the exhibit is dedicated to Milan, the town where Basilico was born and lived until his death. The itinerary starts with the 40 photographs of the collection “Milano. Portraits of Factories” taken between 1978 and 1980 one of the most interesting and well known works of the photographer. They visually and ideally lead to the last Basilico work, specially dedicated to one of the biggest recent changes happening in Milan, in the same area where the exhibit was held, Porta Nuova area.
In particular Basilico documented all the phases of the change involving the area from the building site to the last night view of the UniCredit Towers and Piazza Gae Aulenti representing also the closing of this very interesting exhibit. The UniCredit Pavilion was also the perfect venue for this exhibition, not only for the geographic location, but also for the incredible use of space and lightening.
For the exhibit I wore a retro inspired outfit made by modern (and cheap!) pieces: Zara grey palazzo pants and H&M mustard shirt paired with Miu Miu bag and Fratelli Rossetti platform lace-up boots.