The world of rides on display at Palazzo Roverella

Palazzo Roverella in Rovigo will host an exhibition entirely dedicated to the world of rides from March 23 to June 30, 2019.

Palazzo Roverella in Rovigo offers an exhibition dedicated to the world of merry-go-rounds: from March 23 to June 30, 2019, the exhibition venue will host the exhibition Giostre! Stories, images, games.

Curated by Roberta Valtorta with the collaboration of Mario Finazzi and promoted by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo, the Municipality of Rovigo and the Accedemia dei Concordi, the exhibition intends to provoke in the public a real merry-go-round effect, between the simplest and most genuine game that recalls childhood and the reflection on life, on the passing of time, and on destiny.

Images of merry-go-rounds large and small, as depicted mainly in photography, but also in painting, graphics, in the numerous toys, models, up to music boxes. Also present in the exhibition are “pieces” of old merry-go-rounds such as organs and wooden horses. In fact, the structure of the merry-go-round has been widely represented in a thousand forms of extraordinary mechanical toys for children but also for adults, with articulated and varied shapes, sometimes music boxes, sometimes clocks and knick-knacks, which have become collector’s items over time.

Theextensive photographic section includes shots by more than sixty important photographers from the 19th century to the present. These include Celestino Degoix and Arnoux, Eugène Atget and the Seeberger Frères, Henri Cartier Bresson, Mario Cattaneo, Cesare Colombo, Bruce Davidson, Robert Doisneau, Eliot Erwitt, Izis, Mario Giacomelli, Paolo Monti, Willy Ronis, Lamberto Vitali, David Seymour, Bruno Barbey, Gabriele Basilico, Olivo Barbieri, John Batho, René Burri, Stefano Cerio, Raymond Depardon, Luigi Ghirri, Paolo Gioli, Guido Guidi, Jitka Hanzlovà, Guy Le Querrec, Raffaela Mariniello, Bernard Plossu, Pietro Privitera, Francesco Radino, Ferdinando Scianna.

Also on display are paintings and posters from village fairs and folk festivals; and contemporary artist Stephen Wilksinstallation Donkey Roundabout and Adriano Sforza ’s film Jodi delle giostre, winner of the 2011 David di Donatello.

The exhibition benefits from a collaboration with the Bergantino-Rovigo Historical Museum of Jousting and Folk Performance.

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Image: Francesco Radino, Goteborg, 1987 ©Francesco Radino

The world of rides on display at Palazzo Roverella
The world of rides on display at Palazzo Roverella

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