Carlo Mollino - An architect and a photographer - Florence
Carlo Mollino. With a naked eye.
Works by Carlo Mollino from 1934 to 1973 are on display at the Museo Nazionale Alinari della Fotografia in Florence.
The exhibition is curated by Fulvio and Napoleone Ferrari – founders of the Museo Casa Mollino – and comprises photographs by the architect which investigate his fields of interest - architectures, skiing, and the female portrait – over a forty-year period.
Carlo Mollino, who was born in Turin in 1905, is one of the highest-rated architects of the 20th century in the design and planning fields, and founder of the photography workshop of the Polytechnic College of Turin, where he used to teach.
On display are 140 photographs as well as drawings and their related historic material. The works on display are divided into 3 sections: the pre-war period, the 50s, and the 60s and 70s. A characteristic of the works is the use of the Polaroid camera.
The theme of Carlo Mollino’s images are therefore his architectural projects, as is the case of the Società Ippica Torinese (Horse-riding Society of Turin), which is considered his masterpiece and which was unfortunately torn down in 1960.
Once he became a ski instructor in 1942 he could not help record through photography the world of Alpine skiing, although most of Mollino’s photographs are female portraits. Most of these portrait-photos were taken with a Polaroid camera between the 60s and the 70s. It was thanks to Polaroid photographs that Carlo Mollino’s photographic works were rediscovered when the curators of this exhibition published a booklet on this kind of photographs in 1985.
The exhibition at the Museo Alinari will open on 19 February and close on 14 June. Opening hours: 10.00 – 19.00. Closed on Wednesdays.
The Museo Nazionale Alinari per la Fotografia is in Piazza Santa Maria Novella in Florence, under the porticoes of the Leopoldine. Tel. 055 216310
Admission €6, concessions €5, school groups €4