Il deserto rosso now - Photographic Reactions to Antonioni’s Classic Film

Preview of the upcoming exhibitions by the Photographische Sammlung | Opening: Thursday, August, 31, at 7:00 p.m.

Guido Guidi: Millenovecentonovanta-duemilasei, 1990–2006 (01), © Guido Guidi

Participating artists: Fabrizio Albertini, Mariano Andreani, Daniele Ansidei, Daniel Augschöll/Anya Jasbar, Enrico Benvenuti, Joachim Brohm, Christoph Brückner, Luca Capuano, Danny Degner/Vera König, Eva Dittrich/Katarína Dubovská, Alessandra Dragoni, Johannes Ernst, Marcello Galvani, João Grama, William Guerrieri, Guido Guidi, Gerry Johansson, Sophia Kesting, Philipp Kurzhals, Dana Lorenz/Jakob Argauer, Allegra Martin, Mako Mizobuchi, Francesco Neri, Andrea Pertoldeo, Sabrina Ragucci/Giorgio Falco, Alexander Rosenkranz, Valentina Seidel, Anna Voswinckel, Jakob Wierzba, Xiaoxiao Xu.

A project by Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur in collaboration with the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig, Linea di Confine, Rubiera, and Osservatorio Fotografico, Ravenna

September 1, 2017 – January 28, 2018

Opening: Thursday, August, 31, at 7:00 p.m.

Philipp Kurzhals: Ravenna revisited, 2016, © Philipp Kurzhals

Michelangelo Antonioni (1912–2007) is one of the directors who has had a wide-reaching influence on photographers, visual artists, and filmmakers internationally. The movie Il deserto rosso (The Red Desert), which was produced in 1964 in the industrial region around Ravenna, is one of his most important works and is highly esteemed for its coloration. Like his film Blow-Up, made two years later, Il deserto rosso offers a wealth of inspiring elements and artistic impulses, in particular for the examination of photography. The group exhibition Il deserto rosso nowPhotographic Reactions to Antonioni’s Classic Film has taken this as its theme. More than 30 artists associated with the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig as well as with the photography initiatives Linea die Confine in Rubiera und Osservatorio Fotografico in Ravenna are participating in the project.

Between 2013 and 2017, under specific as well as atmospheric circumstances all of them took to the industrial surroundings of the northern Italian landscape, especially around Ravenna, in search of traces for the purpose of approaching Antonioni’s artistic, visually complex mindscape, not least the atmosphere of the 1960s, from today’s point of view.

A Look at the Collection: Francesco NeriTrophy and Treasure

September 1 - October 17 and November 9, 2017 - January 28, 2018 in Room 2

More information about this exhibition

Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Im Mediapark 7, 50670 Cologne, tel.: 0221/888 95 300, e-mail: photographie( at ),

The exhibitions are open daily from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. except Wednesdays
Closed on November 1 (All Saint’s Day), December 24–27 and 31, and January 1, 2018.

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