27/7 “Pasolini Roma” at the CCCB’s Museum

The Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) presents the exhibition “Pasolini Roma”, from 23 May to 15 September 2013, a project shared by the CCCB, the Cinémathèque Française in Paris, the Azienda Palaexpo–Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome and the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin.

The show portrays the Italian writer and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975) relationship with Rome the through poetry, politics, commitment to city life, sex, friendship and cinema. “Pasolini Rome” is divided into six chronological sections corresponding to six phases in Pasolini’s life and creation, beginning with his arrival in Rome on 28 January 1950 and ending with his death on the 2nd November 1975, when his lifeless body was found near Ostia.

For Pasolini, Rome was not just a place to live. In fact, meeting with Rome was, for the artist, like a great love story with its disappointments, its mixed feelings of love and hate, and the phases of attraction, rejection and estrangement.

Moreover, Pasolini was not satisfied to use the city as a backdrop for his novels and films, but he “recreated” Rome through literature and film. As great creator, he devised a new myth of this political and Vatican city, its neighbourhoods and its inhabitants.

The exhibition presents original manuscripts of scripts, storyboards, poems, novels, essays and articles; correspondence with friends, intellectuals and artists, as well as Pasolini’s own drawings and paintings, excerpts from his films, interviews and documentaries, photographs, etc..

The exhibition is also accompanied by other parallel activities: retrospectives, talks, workshops and the creation of a special exhibition website.