1 October-January 17, 2016
150 years after his birth, the exhibition Arturo Malignani: The Man with The Future in His Eyes, curated by Elena Commessatti and Federico Malignani, paid homage to Malignani, the man, and his inventions. The admission free exhibition offered a number of surprises, such as previously unpublished photographic materials, including 130 stereoscopic plates belonging to Malignani’s heirs, as well as a virtual 3D tour enabled through stereoscopic viewers, and an app for tablets and smartphones.
There was a wealth of material on display: photos of family and personal trips to European capitals such as Paris and Berlin; shots of beautiful Alpine landscapes; snaps of excursions with family and friends, as well as a series of photographs shots taken in the decade preceding the First World War (1904-1914), all digitized for the occasion at the behest of Federico Malignani.
Moving through the exhibition, one was able to follow the visionary gaze of Malignani, the “photojournalist” of modernity, Whatever the subject, be it nature, cities or technology, Malignani impressed his own personal and visionary gaze on the image. Where the average tourist photographing a city would seek a “postcard effect”, Malignani, the “man with the future in his eyes” had other objectives, focusing instead on immortalizing power stations and railways.