Luigi Ghirri

- Selected Works
- Biography

Luigi Ghirri (Scandiano, January 5, 1943 – Roncocesi, February 14, 1992) was an Italian photographer.

He started photographing in 1970 confronting himself with conceptual artists and looking for signs in the natural landscapes and human and also artificial interventions in the landscape itself (advertisements, signs and also maps). Since 1980, urged by Vittorio Savi, he begins to photograph the architecture in the territory. In particular he will work for Savi, Aldo Rossi and Paolo Zermani.

His landscapes are suspended, not realistic and in some ways metaphysical, often deprived of human figures, but never without human intervention on the landscape. His pictures are usually in color. The use of soft and not saturated colors is central to his poetry and is due to his close collaboration with Arrigo Ghi, his printer.
The pictures of the Giorgio Morandi’s atelier are remarkable.
Elisabetta Sgarbi presented at the Venice Festival of 2009, a film about the photographer.

(Translated from: http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luigi_Ghirri )

- Exhibitions
  • 2016

    Luigi Ghirri - Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich
    Luigi Ghirri - The Impossible Landscape - Matthew Marks Gallery, New York City, NY

  • 2014

    La Città, Matthew Marks Gallery, Los Angeles

  • 2013

    Project Prints, Castello di Rivoli, Turin
    1984: Fotografie da Viaggio in Italia, Milan Triennale

  • 2012

    Project Prints, Castello di Rivoli, Turin
    1984: Fotografie da Viaggio in Italia, Milan Triennale

  • 2011

    Project Prints, Mummery + Schnelle, London
    Atlante and Other Selected Works, RECEPTION, Berlin
    Mai 36 Galerie, Zürich

  • 2010

    Vintage Prints 1970-1980, RECEPTION, Berlin
    Project Prints, Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia

  • 2009

    Vintage Prints 1970-1980, Mai 36 Galerie, Zürich

  • 2008

    Fotografie del periodo iniziale, Galleria Enrico Fornello, Prato
    It’s beautiful here, isn’t it…, Aperture Foundation, New York
    Ghirri di musica, Galleria de' Foscherari, Bologna
    Galleria Enrico Fornello, Milan

  • 2007

    Verso un'idea di paesaggio, Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia
    Kodachrome, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
    Vintage Prints, Galleria Cà di Frà, Milan

  • 2006

    Del Guardare, Settimana della Fotografia Europea, Palazzo Casotti, Reggio Emilia
    Luigi Ghirri e l'architettura, Galleria Enrico Fornello, Prato
    Archivi della memoria, Luigi Ghirri, Studio Trisorio, Rome
    Una luce sul muro: Luigi Ghirri nello studio di Morandi, Museo Morandi, Bologna

  • 2005

    Still-Life, Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Bologna
    Mare, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris

  • 2004

    Racconti dal paesaggio 1984-2004, Museo Fotografia Contemporanea, Cinisello Balsamo
    The Side-View of the Clouds, House of Photography, Moscow
    Imaginary Geography, Franco Soffiantino Contemporary Art Productions, Turin

  • 2003

    Luigi Ghirri's Polaroids, Galleria Nicoletta Rusconi, Milan
    Atlante, Festival della Filosofia, Galleria Civica, Modena

  • 2002

    Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR

  • 2001

    Un piede nell'Eden, Scuderie Bentivoglio, Bologna
    Atlante, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
    Vintage Prints 1970-1980, Julie Saul Gallery, New York
    Antologica 1972-1992, Palazzo Magnani – Chiostri di San Domenico, Reggio Emilia. Traveled to Hôtel de Sully, Paris; Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur; Nederlands Foto Instituut, Rotterdam; and Palazzo Fontana di Trevi, Rome
    Opere anni '70, Villa Impero, Bologna

  • 2000

    Atlante, Linea di Confine per la Fotografia Contemporanea, Rubiera. Traveled to Galleria Arge Kunst, Bolzano
    Polaroid, Galeria Forma Libera, Barcelona
    Si chiude al tramonto, I giardini di Caserta, Studio Massimo De Carlo, Milan
    Luigi Ghirri 70/70, Galleria Photology, Milan
    Il profilo delle nuvole, Palazzo delle Stelline, Milan

  • 1999

    Infinito, Studio Massimo De Carlo, Milan
    Thinking Through Images: Color Photographs from the 1970s, Julie Saul Gallery, New York
    Polaroid, Galleria Forma Libera, Turin

  • 1998

    Vintage, Galleria Dryphoto, Prato
    Polaroid, Galleria Labs, Milan
    Paysages intérieurs, Galleria FNAC, Paris

  • 1997

    Il profilo delle nuvole, Museo Fioroni, Legnago. Traveled to FotoFest, Houston; Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, New York; Italian Cultural Institute, San Francisco and Los Angeles; Visual Studies Workshop Gallery, Rochester; and Italian Cultural Institute, London
    Voyage dans les images, Galerie Municipale du Château d'Eau, Toulouse
    Vista con camera, Thessaloniki Cultural Capital of Europe, Athens

  • 1996

    Luigi Ghirri—Jože Plečnik: Lo spazio urbano a Lubiana, Pinacoteca Alberto Martini, Oderzo
    Fotografie, Sale del Niederlassung Berlin-Fasanenstrasse, Berlin
    Luigi Ghirri—Aldo Rossi. Things which are only themselves, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. Traveled to Galleria Museum, Bolzano; Biblioteca Panizzi, Reggio Emilia; and Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice
    Trompe l'oeil in Réels Fictions Virtuel, Les Rencontres d'Arles, Arles

  • 1995

    Fotografien 1970-1981, Galerie Fotohof, Salzburg
    I luoghi della musica, Palazzo Bentivoglio, Gualtieri
    Galleria Elefante Rosso, Piacenza

  • 1994

    Vista con camera, Musée Matisse, Nice. Traveled to the Italian Cultural Institute, New York
    Fotografie, Galerie Meyer-Ellinger, Frankfurt

  • 1993

    Fotografie, Studio Trisorio, Naples

  • 1992

    Vista con camera, Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Bologna
    Atelier Morandi, Galerie Contrejour, Paris. Traveled to Associazione Italo-Francese, Bologna
    Versailles, Italian Cultural Institute, Mois de la Photo, Paris

  • 1990

    Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saône

  • 1989

    Ad usum dimorae. Collezione Meta Memphis 1988-89, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice

  • 1984

    Topographie-Iconographie,
    Optica, Centre for Contemporary Art, Montreal

  • 1982

    Topographie-Iconographie, Studio Marconi, Milano. Traveled to Galerie Viviane Esders, Paris, and Mercer Union Gallery, Toronto
    Objets trouvés, Pol Galerie, Munich
    Polaroid 50 x 60, Galleria Rondanini, Rom

  • 1980

    Still Life. Topographie-Iconographie, Light Gallery, New York. Traveled to Galleria Dryphoto, Prato
    Vera Fotografia, Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara

  • 1979

    Vera Fotografia, Università di Parma, Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione, Parma

  • 1978

    Kodachrome, Galerie Contrejour, Paris

  • 1976

    Cancellature, Galleria Rondanini, Rome

  • 1975

    Colazione sull’erba, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Modena
    Atlante, Galleria Documenta, Turin

  • 1974

    Fotografie 1970-71, Sette Arti Club, Modena

  • 1972

    Fotografie 1970-71, Sette Arti Club, Modena

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