Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, Roma

  • Angelo Morelli
  • 2013
  • Inv. No. 17.14.05
  • Edition 100 + 2 AP
  • Categories: Architettura
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30x20cm Dimensions
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Size S
50x33cm Dimensions
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Size M
80x53cm Dimensions
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80x53cm Dimensions
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120x80cm Dimensions
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80x120cm Dimensions
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The Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, sometimes also referred to as the Palazzo della Civiltà del Lavoro, is a monumental and iconic building in Rome’s modern EUR district. Completed at the end of the Second World War, the building with a square plan is a parallelepiped with four identical façades. Each façade has 54 arches and the building has thus been nicknamed the “Square Colosseum”. At the same time, the photograph sums up an ideological vision of the Italian people, described in the words carved on the front of the building: “A nation of poets, of artists, of heroes, of saints, of thinkers, of scientists, of navigators, of travellers”.
Angelo Morelli definitively turned to photography when, while visiting the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid, he came across a Robert Capa retrospective devoted to the Spanish Civil War. His path, marked by the example of the Czech photographer Josef Koudelka, did not go in the direction of wartime reporting, and Morelli instead turned to landscape photography, architecture and travel, as witnessed by his reports from Cuba, Morocco, Romania, Argentina, Madagascar and Egypt. In 2005 and 2006 he took the pictures for the Italian press campaigns for the Moroccan Ministry of Tourism and participated in various expeditions in the Libyan Sahara, where he followed the Italian-Libyan archaeological mission and documented its work. During the same period, in Bergamo he participated in two collective exhibitions, La città che sale (2005, Complesso di Sant’Agostino) and faces:places=art:emotion (2006, Museo Storico). He collaborated with the Dutch agency The Cover Story, which specializes in photojournalism, and he is currently linked with the English agency Millennium Images. Since 2010 Morelli has worked for the Region of Piedmont to create a large archive of Piedmont’s Baroque architecture. In 2013 he exhibited at the open-air museum of Camo (Cuneo), in an artistic project curated by Claudio Lorenzoni. Morelli currently lives and works in Turin.