Women, Mexico and freedom
MUDEC PHOTO (Coming soon)
Tina Modotti, an Italian photographer, activist and actress, has left an indelible mark on the history of contemporary photography.
Her famous shots, which make up the collections of the most important museums in the world, are the symbol of an emancipated and modern woman, whose photographic art is inextricably linked to her social commitment.
Poor and forced to emigrate, Tina could have followed the career of an actress, and take advantage of her rare beauty for the easy obtaining of economic comforts but her choice of freedom leads her instead to the study and deepening of her innate artistic skills. Tina expressed her idea of freedom through photography and civil commitment especially in Mexico, a country that had welcomed her and of which she became an icon, but soon crossed the borders of the Americas, to be recognized on the world art scene.
During her short life, together with her companion Vittorio Vidali, she worked at the forefront of a freer and fairer humanity, to bring relief to civilian victims of conflicts such as the Spanish War. She will never be able to return to her beloved native land because of her anti-fascist activities and an untimely death at the age of 46, to which artists such as Picasso, Rafael Alberti and Pablo Neruda paid tribute to her, who dedicated a famous poem to her. As part of the 2020 schedule of the Municipality of Milan "I talenti delle donne", the exhibition offers a hundred photographs, original prints with silver salts from the seventies, letters, documents and videos that will bring the public closer to this free spirit that she went through misery and fame, art and political passion, arrests and persecutions, but which aroused admiration for the full and constant respect for herself, her thought and her freedom.
In the picture: Edward Weston, Tina, Anno: 1924, Messico © Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents
The art of telling timeless stories
MUDEC from 2 September 2021 to 13 February 2022
Telling timeless stories succeeding in enchanting the public is considered a true art, but behind the artistic result lies years of creative exploration, generally unknown to those that enjoy these stories.
Disney. The Art of Telling Timeless Stories”, at the MUDEC of Milan from the 19th March to the 13th September 2020, is an exhibition that will illustrate this creative process to visitors.
The exhibition will illustrate Walt Disney's masterpieces to visitors by bringing back the stories stories to their ancient origin of epical tradition: these are the myths, the medieval legends and the folklore, the fables and fairytales that have been for centuries the archetype narrative heritage of the different cultures of the world. These will also be the thematic sections of the exhibition, in which the most famous stories from which Disney's films derive find their place and are presented in a narrative interpretation through the exhibition of the preparatory sketches which focus on the characters, the settings and narrative plots.
The great innovative effort of the Disney artists was in fact – and still is today – that of transferring these stories to motion pictures using various artistic tools, from the hand-drawn to the digital animated films, to capture the essence of the ancient fables and to revitalize them, making their universal value current.
Visitors will be encouraged to become storytellers themselves and they will be able to walk through the halls of the exhibition not only as passive spectators of the contents, but as the leading actors of the same. Through interactive workstations and a setting evoking the sceneries of the great Disney animation masterpieces it will be the visit itinerary itself that will provide the tools of the trade of every great storyteller. Hall after hall, each visitor will be able to try out the fundamental structural elements to bring to life any storytelling to experience the feeling of living the work of an animation artist through the same techniques of the Disney Studios.
In the picture: Frozen 2 – Il Segreto di Arendelle, 2019, Jin Kim Concept art Disegno digitale su carta © Disney