In a world preview, MAST presents 200 photographs taken in industrial contexts from various countries all over the world by E.O. HOPPÉ, one of the most important photographers of the modern era, eclectic artist and famous portraitist to whom the London National Portrait Gallery dedicated a solo exhibition in 2011.
After exhibiting the David Lynch photographs, the FONDAZIONE MAST (Arts, Experience, Technology) is opening a new exhibition in its Gallery, curated by Urs Stahel, and dedicated to EMIL Otto Hoppé (1878-1972), with over 200 works on industry and labour, taken between 1912 and 1937.
Like his contemporaries Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Walker Evans, August Sander, and Edward Weston, Hoppé was one of the most important photographers of his era, also famous for his landscape and travel images. In the twenties and thirties, after having consolidated his reputation as a topographic and portrait photographer depicting famous European artists, scientists and politicians like George Bernard Shaw, Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Rudyard Kipling, George V, Vita Sackville-West, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, and Albert Einstein, E. O. Hoppé set off on his travels to capture the romance and grandeur of industrial sites around the world. During his explorations – in Germany, Great Britain, the United States, India, Australia, New Zealand and other countries – he photographed the futuristic industrial landscape, seeing its gargantuan machinery as both technology and art. Hoppé was acutely aware of how contemporary industrial technology was heralding the world into a new era where the very nature of work and production would profoundly change.
Emil Otto Hoppé: Unveiling a secret presents for the first time his iconic images of the second industrial revolution and brings Hoppé's work to the attention of the public. This work had remained hidden for a long time in the London photographic archives which had purchased fifty years of works from the artist himself at the end of his long and prestigious career.
Alongside Hoppé's industrial photography on show, in the area dedicated to "side events", MAST will exhibit the rich variety of subject matter in the artist's repertoire with a series of digital projections of other themes from celebrity portraits to nudes and from human typologies to landscapes.
The exhibition, curated by Urs Stahel, is organised by the Fondazione MAST, Bologna, in collaboration with the E.O. Hoppé Estate Collection / Curatorial Assistance, California.
[EVENTS ON SHOW]
SATURDAY 11 SUNDAY 12 APRIL
SATURDAY 18 SUNDAY 19 APRIL
Cycle of screenings on the work of important international photographers, with presentations and guided visits, that will be opened by an exceptional guest: Phillip Prodger, Head of Photographs, National Portrait Gallery, London. Free entry until full capacity. Registration is mandatory.