An exhibition not be missed: "Robert Capa. More than war pictures"

Abano Terme, Villa Bassi Rathgeb 15 January - 5 June 2022

"If your photographs aren't good enough, you're not close enough": Robert Capa repeated it like a mantra while taking the photos he became famous for, those of the Normandy landings, the Spanish civil war, the invasion of China by Japan, the Indochina War.

Endre Ernő Friedmann's life - this is his real name - changes at the beginning of the 1930s when, having moved from his native Hungary to Berlin to study Political Science, he begins to work in a photographic studio to make ends meet; He has not yet become Robert Capa (he will shortly thereafter), but is already beginning to establish himself as a photojournalist.

Then comes the Spanish Civil War, the shot - true or artifact it has not yet been possible to establish with certainty - of the militiamen shot to death, and world fame. And many other war fronts to document.

But Robert Capa was also something else, and the Abano Terme exhibition aims to investigate precisely this type of images, linked to the world of art and culture of the time.

Thus appears Picasso following his partner Françoise Gilot on the beach, the images of the 1938 Tour de France (there Capa decides that it is much more interesting to portray the spectators following the race, rather than the race itself), Henri Matisse while painting or Ingrid Bergman on the set of Lewis Milestone's Arc de Triomphe.

Cinema is perhaps one of the least known areas of Capa's production, who works with Alfred Hitchcock and Gina Lollobrigida, Anna Magnani and Humphrey Bogart, up to the photos taken for Riso Amaro, a masterpiece of Italian neorealism by Giuseppe De Santis, with breathtaking portraits by Silvana Mangano and Doris Dowling.

Museum and Exhibition Hours:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 2.30 pm to 7.00 pm
  • Friday from 2.30 pm to 7.00 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm and from 2.30 pm to 7.00 pm
  • Midweek holidays: from 10.00 am to to 1.00 pm and from 2.30 pm to 7.00 pm
  • Closed on Tuesday


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