PRESENTAZIONE EDITORIALE / BERENGO GARDIN
MASTERCLASS / FRANK BUNGARTEN
CONCERT / FRANK BUNGARTEN
PERFORMANCE / WASTED
CONCERT / AMYRA
TALK / ANTONIO CAVEDONI
TAVOLA ROTONDA / ROAD 4.0
EXHIBITION / G.D MEMORIES AND FUTURE
TALK / ETHICS WORKSHOP
MOSTRA / PENDULUM
PROIEZIONI / RASSEGNA PENDULUM
CONCERTO / UNITED TOGETHER
TALK / PANKAJ MISHRA
AUTHOR'S TALK / RECALCATI
TALK / RICHARD MOSSE
WORKSHOP, TALK, SCREENINGS / ARCHIVIO APERTO
AUTHOR TALK / MANCUSO
PRESENTAZIONI EDITORIALI / DIONIGI
TALK / HOWARD GARDNER
CONVEGNO / MUSICA PRESTO
TALK / MARTIN PARR
TALK / JEFF WALL
TALK / REMO BODEI
MOSTRA / USA'68. DISORDINI E SOGNI
SCREENINGS / La stagione del sessantotto
EXHIBITION / W. EUGENE SMITH
PROIEZIONI / JAZZ MOVIES
EXHIBITION / TALES OF LIGHT - NINO MIGLIORI AND THE KIDS OF THE MAST NURSERY SCHOOL
PRESENTAZIONE DEL LIBRO / TEJU COLE
TALK / DAN LEERS
BOOK LAUNCH / MASTERWORKS OF INDUSTRIAL PHOTOGRAPHY
WORKSHOP / ILLUSTRARE LE IDEE
TALK / SAM STEPHENSON
PROIEZIONI / FUTURE FILM FESTIVAL
AUTHOR TALK / RECALCATI
SCREENINGS / HUMAN RIGHTS NIGHTS FESTIVAL 2018
EXHIBITION / MAST FOUNDATION FOR PHOTOGRAPHY GRANT 2018
Talks / Leggere e pensare la fotografia
PROIEZIONE / THE ILLUSIONISTS - AGATHE CLÉRY
Proiezione / The women
TALKS / IL NIDO DELLE IDEE
SCREENING / LE MONDE SELON MONSANTO
SCREENING / FUOCOAMMARE
SCREENING / Strada provinciale delle anime
SCREENING / HUMAN FLOW
SCREENING / FUTURE FILM KIDS
Proiezione / Francesco a Cuba
Talk / Paul Graham
Proiezione / Il risveglio del fiume segreto
Talk / David Camapany
Exhibition / Anish Kapoor
Proiezione / Ma l'amore c'entra?
SCREENING / MANIFESTO
EXHIBITION / THOMAS RUFF
SCREENING / Rosignano Solvay
TALK / Broomberg&Chanarin
TALK / PIETER HUGO
WORKSHOP / La Repubblica delle Idee
EXHIBITION / LA FORZA DELLE IMMAGINI
TALKS / THE POWER OF IMAGES
LECTIO MAGISTRALIS / AMARTYA SEN
SCREENINGS / HUMAN RIGHTS NIGHTS 2017
EXHIBITION / WORK IN MOTION
SCREENINGS / WORK IN MOTION
talks / work in motion
EXHIBITION / DAYANITA SINGH. MUSEUM OF MACHINES
TALKS AND SCREENINGS / DAYANITA SINGH
TALKS / STRUTH, RUFF
PHOTOGRAPHS OF EMILIA-ROMAGNA AT WORK
MAST Foundation presents the exhibitions dedicated to work and the landscape in Emilia-Romagna, featuring over 200 images and thirty five books on the environments, situations, and contexts found in the Emilia region.
The themes of the exhibitions are enhanced by the documentary Le radici dei sogni – L’Emilia-Romagna tra cinema e paesaggio (The Roots of Dreams – Emilia-Romagna between Cinema and Landscape).
In A Tile, Some Milk, a Machine and Logistics – Photographs of Emilia Romagna at Work, curated by Urs Stahel, works by major photographers reflect on developments in the economy and landscape that have affected the Emilia-Romagna region in recent decades.
The MAST exhibitions develop the theme of Via Emilia which is the main topic of the XI edition of Fotografia Europea 2016 but addressing it to the photographic representation of work, industry and economy, in line with the main mission of MAST Foundation.
The exhibition aims to weave a storyline organised into groups of contrasting photographs. “The task of these images,” explains Urs Stahel, “is to show us how old industries disappear, replaced by new factories and production systems with cutting-edge technology, and how a traditional landscape and an ancient land contrast with the new areas devoted to advanced service industries, to trade, technology, and speed, and how similar phenomena are reflected not only in the machine and ceramics industries, but also in those of food production and small business.”
The photographers' work, along with scenes from the film Il deserto rosso (Red Desert, 1964) by Michelangelo Antonioni, craft a tale that faithfully represents the economic evolution of Emilia Romagna and the ongoing transformation of the manufacturing industry.
We begin with the classic portrait of a worker from Bologna taken by Enrico Pasquali, followed by images of equipment and tools produced by the Officine Minganti in the mid-20th century, and abandoned packaging machines photographed by Gabriele Basilico in a Bologna factory while it was being taken down and reconverted. William Guerrieri shows the abandonment of an industrial dairy in San Faustino, near Rubiera, in his project Dairy; photographs by Paola De Pietri depict the traditional process of ceramic production, while large-format images by Carlo Valsecchi reveal industries at the cutting edge of technology. The change brought on by increased speed on roadways and new railway lines appears in the photographs of Tim Davis, John Gossage, Walter Niedermayr, and Bas Princen showing the construction of the TAV, the high-speed railway line connecting Turin to Naples; these contrast with the idyllic images of the Po delta by Marco Zanta. The landscapes of Guido Guidi, whose small-format colour photographs, dense with meaning, are scattered throughout the exhibition like a leitmotiv, narrate the changes that have taken place in the man-made environment of Emilia Romagna, along with Olivo Barbieri's photographs of Cavriago and the queues at the tills of its shopping centres, visually representing the gradual metamorphosis that the town has undergone. The video La Via Emilia è un aeroporto (Via Emilia is an Airport) by Franco Vaccari presents the major road that cuts across the region as both an important thoroughfare and a workplace for sex workers. Economic development is paired with political debate in the video of Lewis Baltz and in the photographic reporting of Simone Donati, who has documented Italian collective rituals in his work. The exhibition also includes videos by Tim Davis and William Guerrieri.
As a side event, the documentary Le radici dei sogni – L’Emilia-Romagna tra cinema e paesaggio (The Roots of Dreams – Emilia-Romagna between Cinema and Landscape, 73 min.) will be shown in a continuous loop on Level 0. The film, made by Francesca Zerbetto and Dario Zanasi in 2015 and produced by the Cineteca di Bologna and MaxMan Coop with the support of the Emilia-Romagna Regional Authority and the Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna, presents a journey through the region's landscape, where some of the most important directors in Italian and international cinema have set their films.
In addition, a display of 35 books on the environments, situations, and contexts of Emilia Romagna, made available by Linea di Confine, completes the exhibition.
Exhibition curator: Urs Stahel
MAST Foundation is partner of Fotografia Europea 2016 – Reggio Emilia.
We thank the Cineteca di Bologna and Linea di Confine, Rubiera for their collaboration.
SCREENINGS AT MAST
CONTEMPORARY VIEWS: INDUSTRY AND SOCIETY IN EMILIA-ROMAGNA
THE FUTURE OF SOCIETY AND WORK
HUMAN RIGHTS NIGHTS
MAST Foundation presents two exhibitions dedicated to the Swiss photographer Jakob Tuggener (1904–1988), whose work is being shown in Italy for the first time.
Jakob Tuggener show opens the 2016 exhibitions programme organized by the MAST Foundation, which promotes special photographic shows on the theme of industry and labour, employing both images from its own industrial photography collection and works from private collections or often previously unviewed archives.
“Jakob Tuggener is considered one of the ten most significant industrial photographers in the world,” stresses Urs Stahel, curator of MAST’s PhotoGallery and co-curator of the exhibition. “His book FABRIK is an important milestone in the history of the photographic book, comparable with Brassaïs’s Paris de nuit (Paris by Night) (1933) and Bill Brandt’s The English at Home (1936).” “His signature is, on the one hand,” Stahel continues, “a penetrating, close-up view of people and objects in the world – so close and attentive that it seems as if he wants to startle them – and on the other hand, his skilful play with light and shadow.”
The exhibition FABRIK 1933–1953 presents, in the MAST PhotoGallery, over 150 original prints of Tuggener’s work, drawn both from his photographic book FABRIK – an essay unique in its kind, with a critical approach of great visual and human impact regarding the relationship between humans and machines – and from other photos by the artist dealing with work in his country.
“Jakob Tuggener (1904–1988) was simultaneously a photographer, a film-maker and a painter,” affirms Martin Gasser, co-curator of the show, “but he saw himself above all as an artist. Influenced by the German Expressionist films of the 1920s, he developed a poetic-artistic style that would become an inspiration for young photographers after the Second World War.
FABRIK was also the launch pad for Tuggener’s reputation as an outstanding photographic artist and led to many notable involvements in exhibitions such as Postwar European Photography (1953) and The Family of Man (1955) at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Prima mostra internazionale biennale di fotografia (First International Photography Biennale) in Venice (1957).” In FABRIK, Tuggener, besides tracing the history of industrialization, had the not always revealed intention to illustrate the destructive potential of indiscriminate technological progress. The outcome of this, in the author’s view, was the war in progress, for which the Swiss armaments industry was manufacturing goods undisturbed.
The NUITS DE BAL 1934–1950 slide shows on Level 0 present images of balls and other social events. Fascinated by the glittering atmosphere of high-society parties, Tuggener had begun to photograph elegant ladies and their silk gowns in Berlin, but it was in Zurich and St. Moritz that, wearing a dinner jacket and with his Leica, he captured the mysterious facets of the NUITS DE BAL. His lens also took in the “invisible labour” of musicians, waiters, cooks, valets and butlers, as they silently moved through the festive and self-referential world of the heedless guests. The latter opposed the publication of Tuggener’s dance-related material, as they wished to remain anonymous and not to be seen engaged in dancing entertainment.
“Above all, the contrast between the brilliantly lit ballroom and the dark factory hall influenced the perception of his artistic oeuvre,” Gasser explains. “Tuggener also positioned himself between these two extremes when he stated: ‘Silk and machines, that’s Tuggener’. In reality, he loved both: the wasteful luxury and the dirty work, the enchanting women and the sweaty labourers. For him, they were both of equal value and he resisted being categorized as a social critic who pitted one world against the other. On the contrary, these contrasts belonged to his conception of life and he relished experiencing the extremes – and the shades of tones in between – to the most intense degree.”
Besides the 150 factory photographs and the projection of his work on balls, MAST is also exhibiting a collection of book maquettes, which Tuggener himself used to make up by hand.
In addition, in order to represent the eclecticism and exceptional nature of this artist, the show has been enriched with SHORT FILMS distinguished by a dynamic directorial style and an editing technique that owes much to the theories of Eisenstein, with shifts from the long shot to the close-up:
PROJECTIONS – Continual
AERIAL MEETING, 1937, 6’
THE PULSE OF NEW TIMES, 1938, 12’
THE MILL ON THE LAKE, 1944, 5’
THE MACHINE ERA, 1938-70, 30’
Curators: Martin Gasser, Urs Stahel
Promoted by: MAST Foundation
In collaboration with: Jakob Tuggener Foundation, Uster, Swiss Foundation for Photography, Winterthur.