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This exhibition is dedicated to the famous Italian writer and film-maker Pier Paolo Pasolini in the context of his relationship with Rome. Pasolini in Rome conjures up visions of poetry, politics, a zest for big-city living, sex, friendship and cinema.
Pier Paolo Pasolini was one of the most outstanding and ambivalent personalities on the European intellectual scene of the post-war period. Pasolini is considered to have been Rome’s most significant post-war artist. His ideas, writings and films have had a profound influence on younger colleagues and given artistic expression to important periods of Italian history. As a result of his media presence in the last years of his life and certainly since his violent death, Pasolini has become an icon of Postmodernism.
Nearly 40 years after his death, the question of who Pasolini really was is being posed anew. With a look at the “whole” Pasolini, the exhibition analyses the chronological, artistic and toponymic aspects of the man. It begins with his arrival in Rome in 1950 and ends in 1975, when his lifeless body was discovered in the vicinity of Ostia.
For Pasolini, Rome had a positively physical, sensuous and passionate existence, a one long love story with all its disappointments, mixed feelings of love and hatred, and alternating phases of attraction, rejection and estrangement. For Pasolini, looking at the development of Italian society, Rome was his main observation platform, an eternal field of study, of thought and of struggle. There is a pre-Pasolini Rome and a post-Pasolini Rome.