Luigi Ghirri: A Retrospective of a Color Master

Italian master Luigi Ghirri's known in the photography world as the one who revolutionized the use of color through expression. Favoring unique, abstract and conceptual compositions, Paris is delighted to be able to witness his works as the Jeu de Paume is currently holding the very first Parisian retrospective of the artist in Luigi Ghirri: Cartes et territoires.

Luigi Ghirri, Haarlem, 1973. The Vegini Luigi collection © Succession Luigi Ghirri; Luigi Ghirri, Bologna, 1973. CSAC, Università di Parma © Succession Luigi Ghirri; Luigi Ghirri, Brest, 1972. CSAC, Università di Parma © Succession Luigi Ghirri

Luigi was most active during the 1970s, his complex conceptual work consistently present. His series Kodachrome was Ghirri's self-published book. Maps and territories showcase his poetic cartography, consisting of images of atlas pages. and Diaframma 11, 1/125, luce naturale was a visual study of human behavior -- on photographing and being photographed. Ghirri was incredibly fascinated in mixing up his mediums to represent more unique images of the world. He said:

“I'm interested in the ephemeral architecture, the universe of the province, to objects regarded as bad taste, kitsch, but which, for me, have never been, to objects loaded with desires, dreams, collective memories... windows, mirrors, stars, palms, atlases, globes, books, museums and human beings seen by the image.”
Luigi Ghirri, '∞' Infinito, 1974 © Succession Luigi Ghirri; Luigi Ghirri, Calvi, 1976. Collection privée. Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery © Succession Luigi Ghirri

In Ghirri's universe – there's a sense of adventure, boldness, motifs of geometric compositions as to how the human race would interact with the landscape. The wit and cleverness in his composition result in inevitable surrealism, hence showing the graphic art-like and illustrative qualities of his photographs. The show also includes the series Paesaggi di Cartone (1970-1973), Vedute (1970-1979), In Scala (1977-1978) and many more of his lesser known series in the 1970s.

Mark your calendars and make sure to use the official exhibition hashtag #LuigiGhirri during your visit. The show is open until 2 June.

Luigi Ghirri, Padova, 1973. CSAC, Università di Parma © Succession Luigi Ghirri; Claude Nori, Ritratto di Luigi Ghirri, 1977 © Succession Luigi Ghirri; Luigi Ghirri, Modena, 1973. CSAC, Università di Parma © Succession Luigi Ghirri; Luigi Ghirri, Engelberg, 1972. CSAC, Università di Parma © Succession Luigi Ghirri; Luigi Ghirri, Marina di Ravenna, 1972. Bibliothèque nationale de France © Succession Luigi Ghirri

Images with permission, acquired from the press kit.

written by cielsan on 2019-05-05

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