The Massimo Vitali photography exhibition is opening today

The Massimo Vitali photography exhibition is opening today

Massimo Vitali
words by sidonie bird de la coeur

One of the most renowned living Italian photographer’s work is coming to Melbourne in a new exhibition presented by the IIC and the MGA.

Known for his large scale images of beaches, Massimo Vitali: Leporello 2020 showcases an Italian summer recovering from the effects of the pandemic. Capturing Italians in moments of leisure during the stubborn summer return to the beaches, Leporello 2020 reflects on the social effects of the pandemic. On his art, Vitali has said; “my photography comes from absolute matter-of-fact situations but also from a deep curiosity that I possess for people, for what they do and how they think.”

What you need to know

  • Massimo Vitali: Leporello 2020 is a showcase of the prominent Italian photographer’s work
  • It’s showing at the MGA as part of PHOTO 2022
  • Catch the exhibition from April 29 – May 22

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His work is being bought to Melbourne as part of PHOTO 2022 – a showcase of photography that aims to revitalise the Melbourne CBD with work from over 100 artists featured in installations, exhibitions and walking tours. “Massimo Vitali is one of Italy’s most revered photographers, and MGA is thrilled to be working towards the co-presentation of this exhibition in Melbourne,” states Anouska Phizacklea, the MGA Gallery Director. “As the Australian home of photography, it is an honour and privilege to work with international organisations and artists on bringing photography from around the world to our audiences.”

“Massimo Vitali’s photography is an open window from which one can observe in silence what is happening in Italy,” says Angelo Gioé the Director Italian Institute of Culture. “It is an evident picture of today’s society divided between full and empty spaces: the gatherings / solitude, crowded beaches / isolation, concerts / deserted places. Vitali captures a time out of time and photography, then, testifies not to what has been but to what could be an eternal present.”

Massimo Vitali: Leporello 2020 will be showing at the MGA. For more information, head here.