January 25 > June 2, 2020

curated by Giovanna Calvenzi and Filippo Maggia


Exhibition promoted by 
Roma Capitale – Assessorato alla Crescita culturale
Azienda Speciale Palaexpo
Realized in collaboration with Archivio Gabriele Basilico

Image: Gabriele Basilico, Shanghai, 2010. © Archivio Gabriele Basilico

Devoted to a true master in the field of Italian and international photography, the exhibition will be focusing on the theme of the city, showcasing approximately 270 photographs ranging from the 1960s to the 2000s, some them on display here for the very first time.

Portraits of Factories

Cross Sections of a Country

Introduction to the cities

The cities

Beirut 1991 - 2011


The city always lay at the heart of the interests and investigative work conducted by Gabriele Basilico (Milan 1944–2013) from the very start of his career. The theme of the man-made landscape, of its development and of the historical stratifications of a ceaselessly changing city, its outskirts and its surroundings, were invariably the predominant driving factor behind his art.

The exhibition will be showcasing some of the work that he produced in the numerous cities he photographed in the course of his lifetime, including Beirut (with pictures both from 1991 and from 2011), Milan, Rome, Palermo, Naples, Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon, Montecarlo, Paris, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Jerusalem, London, Boston, Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro, Moscow, San Francisco, New York and Shanghai, juxtaposed in an interplay of similarities and differences, of assonance and dissonance, offering different viewpoints that perfectly capture his varied approach to interpreting the built environment.

The Palazzo delle Esposizioni invites you to continue your visit to the MUFOCO – Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea in Cinisello Balsamo – through the exhibition "A Tribute to Gabriele Basilico" curated by Roberta Valtorta in 2013 and now available as part of the Digital Exhibition project. You can range online from the images on display at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, with a commentary from curator Giovanna Calvenzi, to the in-depth analysis and exploration developed by the MUFOCO, whose collections contain over 1,000 photographs by Gabriele Basilico.


Gabriele Basilico | Metropoli

Gabriele Basilico | Metropoli