On stage in Bologna, in the wonderful spaces of Palazzo Belloni's spaces, from November 29th 2019 to April 12th 2020, "NOI. Non erano solo canzonette" ("WE. They were not just songs") is a great representation of recent Italian history in which the "Musica d'Autore" becomes an exploration tool and interpretation of the great transformations that characterized those years.
Produced by Bibibus Events, the exhibition is curated by Gianpaolo Brusini, Giovanni De Luna, Lucio Salvini, with the participation of Fabri Fibra, Marco Tullio Giordana, Vittorio Nocenzi, Giorgio Olmoti and Omar Pedrini, to guarantee a scientific historical accuracy, high cultural values and a strong educational influence.
Dated between the embrace of Domenico Modugno on the stage of Sanremo 1958 and that of Paolo Rossi on the night of Madrid that in 1982 proclaimed Italy football world champion, the exhibition comes along chronologically to touch every aspect of social life, costumes, chronicles, work and changes in the ethical and moral beliefs of those years.
As a constant counterpoint, 100 Italian musical masterpieces, selected in the repertoire of that period, constitute a key for reading and deepening. A "pas-de-deux" between music and society, where lifestyles, fashions, interpersonal relationships and even the same social pleas are influenced by each other and vice versa.
The exhibition, set up by the designer Francesca Seminatore with the audio-video installations by Daniele Perrone, is divided into eleven thematic areas able to engage both those who lived those years at first hand, as well as the younger generations, in a joint immersion in the Italian collective memory. From the great immigration towards the northern cities of the late Fifties, up to the disengagement that featured the Eighties, we will witness the changes in the landscape of cities and countryside ("The Boom"), the advent of consumerism ("Carosello"), the conquest of free time and mass holidays ("Abbronzatissimi"), women's empowerment ("Superb Thought") and youthfulness ("Surfing Army"), social demands and student movements ("There was a boy like me"), workers' struggles ("Countess"), terrorism ("The locomotive"), the free radios ("Musica ribelle"), discos ("Saturday night fever" ) and finally the low tide that will start the hedonistic Eighties ("Shining Splendid").
The audio enjoyment on the exhibition is at multiple levels: from the audio diffused in the various halls, to the songs listenable through headphones, to the directional speakers for the vintage movies.
The iconographic repertoire accompanying the exhibition comes mostly from the invaluable Publifoto archives, whose images, intended for newspapers, magazines and illustrated weeklies of the time, restore the look of the news reporter and his great ability to represent the many Italian realities in an acute, profound and precise way. Of great importance is also the contribution of the archives of QN il Resto del Carlino, which enriched the contents of the exhibition by providing exclusive photographs and historical articles of the newspaper.
Great care has been taken in the development of the educational project with a proposal addressed to schools and divided into two levels: a course for teachers and a series of workshops for the students on the exhibition. The four workshops (The "young" songs, Consumerism, The "new" women and Political violence) are carried out under the guidance of expert trainers. They will introduce the students to the basic knowledge needed to understand the exhibition and to reflect on the relationship between the past and the present on the continuity/rupture axis, by comparing their experience with that of previous generations.
A must-have kit of the itinerary is the catalog published by ELI - La Spiga with photos and a historical-critical textual apparatus of the curators of the exhibition. A fascinating insight into this unique story of the Italian imagination.
Palazzo Belloni, Bologna
Monday-Tuesday: visita riservata a gruppi e scuole
Via de' Gombruti, 13/a, 40123 BOLOGNA BO
From November 29th 2019 to 12 aprile 2020