Rome, Dreamers exhibition in Trastevere continues through Oct. 7

Extended until October 7, the exhibition 'Dreamers. 1968: as we were, as we will be', at the Museo di Roma in Trastevere.

It was supposed to end today, but instead it has been extended until Oct. 7. We are talking about “Dreamers. 1968: how we were, how we will be,” the photo exhibition on display at the Museum of Rome in Trastevere, the brainchild of Riccardo Luna, director of AGI Agenzia Italia and curated jointly with Marco Pratellesi, co-director of the agency. It is a photographic and multimedia exhibition on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of 1968. AGI has recreated the most complete historical archive of ’68 through the iconic images of the time. Not only occupations and students, but also and above all the dolce vita, the victory of the European soccer championships and other sports feats, cinema, daily life, music, technology and fashion.
A journey through time among 171 images, including more than 60 previously unpublished ones; 19 archives scoured in Italy and abroad; 15 original films reconstructing more than 210 minutes of our history, 12 minutes of which are previously unpublished; 40 front pages of newspapers and magazines taken from the most important national newspapers; and also a sought-after selection of memorabilia: a juke box, a mimeograph, a Valentine typewriter, the original Cup won by the Italian national team at the European Championships, the Italian national team jersey worn by Tarcisio Burgnich during the final with Yugoslavia, the torch from the Mexico City Olympics.

All these themes are recounted through news, customs, and traditions in different thematic sections, bringing to life and immersing the public in this long and intense tale in the Italy of ’68. Welcoming visitors are the great “dreamers of the future”; through the figures and words of Martin Luther King and Bob Kennedy, the public is guided inside the international chronicle of ’68: from the Vietnam War to racial segregation in the U.S., from Nixon ’s presidency to the end of the Prague Spring, from the colonels’ Greece to the French May, some of the events that influenced and changed the fortunes of world history are traced.

Occupations, protests and student uprisings, on the other hand, are the topics covered in the room “The Movement Between Occupations and Tazebao - Valle Giulia”; in particular, the tragic clashes between students and police forces are retraced.order that took place in the famous “Battle of Valle Giulia”(Rome, March 1, 1968) and an original mimeograph of the time is also brought back to evoke the moments of the rebellion by means of the printing of leaflets and university newspapers. Key figure of the ’68 movements that is highlighted in this section is Pier Paolo Pasolini with the text “I hate you dear students” and the poem “PCI to the youth.”

The exhibition continues in the room “The Two Italies: from Belice to Piper,” in which images of the “two Italies” that have, both, changed the future of our country are contrasted. On one side we see theItaly of ordinary people and families, with a special look at the violent earthquake that struck the Belice Valley in Western Sicily. On the other is the story of the Piper Club in Rome, a meeting point for some famous national and international celebrities such as actor Sean Connery, singer Adriano Celentano, director Federico Fellini, actor Alberto Sordi, actress Anna Magnani, singer Massimo Ranieri, director and actor Vittorio Gassman, and singer Domenico Modugno.

Another section is dedicated to Italian and international music and the great sporting feats of ’68, such as the victory at the European Championships of the Italian national team in Rome against Yugoslavia; in this section the public can admire live, thanks to the support of the FIGC - Federazione Italiano Giuoco Calcio, the Football Museum Foundation and CONI - Italian National Olympic Committee, the European Championship Cup, the Italian national team jersey worn by Tarcisio Burgnich and the 1968 Olympic Torchlight.

Continuing along the path, in the Museum’s portico, visitors are catapulted into a sound environment immersed in the voices of 1968: from the shouts of the students in the marches to the speeches of the politicians, the sounds and words of the personalities of that era accompany the public in the rediscovery of those years. Technological innovation also has its place within the exhibition. In fact, there is a section devoted to the great technological ferment of 1968 culminating with Neil Armstrong ’s 1969 moon landing.

At the end of the photographic tour, inside the Museum’s Auditorium, visitors can enjoy an immersive experience; in fact, the environment of an occupied university lecture hall is scenographically reproduced inside which the public has the opportunity to view newsreels of the time and original documents ceded by AAMOOD and RAI - RAI TECHE. The exhibition is also enriched by a vast repertoire of memorabilia and period material, including the front pages of newspapers and magazines, the famous Jukebox, and some autographed jerseys of the players who won theEuropean Championship.

The exhibition also offers a comparison between the youth communication of ’68, made up of tazebaos, assemblies and school newspapers, and the contemporary communication characterized by the use of social media, web radios and university blogs: through images it is told how the youth of ’68 communicated with those tools; youth realities such as the university magazine “Scomodo,” Radioimmaginaria, the first and only radio network in Europe created, directed and conducted by teenagers, and VoiceBookRadio, a webradio run entirely by students from various secondary schools in Rome, which is also one of the exhibition’s media partners, are directly involved in this area.

As part of the exhibition, the public itself is personally involved through a social activity to share their favorite photo of ’68, sending it to AGI using the hashtag #ilmio68; the photos sent will be projected in turn on a monitor at the end of the exhibition, in which a parallel narrative will thus unfold, a mosaic of stories from that year that will grow over the months.

The event, produced with the contribution of Intesa Sanpaolo, in collaboration with SIAE- Società Italiana degli Autori ed Editori and in partnership with RAI, Sky, the FIGC, the Football Museum Foundation, CONI,AAMOD-Archivio Audiovisivo del Movimento Operaio Democratico, Open Polis and CENSIS, has the scientific and editorial collaboration of theInstitute of the Italian Encyclopedia “Treccani” with which the exhibition catalog will be produced.

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Pictured: Meeting at the Agis headquarters of actresses actors directors and producers for the founding of the film academy - November 1, 1968

Rome, Dreamers exhibition in Trastevere continues through Oct. 7
Rome, Dreamers exhibition in Trastevere continues through Oct. 7

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