October 19, 2022 > February 26, 2023

To mark the 100th anniversary of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s birth (Bologna, 5 March 1922 – Rome, 2 November 1975), the Azienda Speciale Palaexpo di Roma, the Gallerie Nazionali di Arte Antica – Palazzo Barberini and the MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo will be celebrating this film director, writer and artist in their respective museums with a major, shared and coordinated exhibition entitled Pier Paolo Pasolini. Everything Is Sacred. The exhibition will run from October 2022 to March 2023.

The exhibition explores disciplines, media, original works and archive documents in three different directions which, while independent of one another, are designed for potential integration in an effort to stimulate a new debate on Pasolini’s output, on the cultural influence he wielded, and on the outlook of people observing it from the 21st century.


Project curated and coordinated by: Michele Di Monte, Giulia Ferracci, Giuseppe Garrera, Flaminia Gennari Santori, Cesare Pietroiusti, Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, Clara Tosi Pamphili; with Olivier Saillard (for the “Costumes” section of the exhibition at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni)

The exhibition at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni explores Pasolini as a poetic body : never just a poet, a writer, a thinker or a filmmaker, he was a body and an incarnation of the very word. The exhibition looks at Pasolini in his radical condition as an author, which he invariably experienced in a physical dimension as fullness, splendour and tragedy, in an extreme love for life and for reality and in unshakeable and prophetic opposition to the subjection of bodies, to conventions and to all standardisation of individuals’ characteristics and of the various different forms of eros.


Palazzo delle Esposizioni, through Pasolini, will be hosting the miracle of the unshakeable diversity of faces and of anarchist thought; the sacred nature of women, of negritude, of the South seen as a horizon of otherness and of salvation. This is the wild, barbarous and ultimate strength of Pasolini’s language, and the cruel mockery he suffered for his difference; love and yearning for untamed languages, for dialects and vernaculars, for the gradual disappearance of the voices and songs of the people caused by standardisation following the birth of television; for the clothing that has disappeared from the land and for the central role of poverty as a true human dimension compared to the alienating unreality of the consumer society.


The exhibition will be showcasing hundreds of original photographs, videos, books, documents, costumes, music, songs, projects, objects and a living workshop of readings, lectures and sounds.


For the entire duration of the exhibition, a full programme of events and performances coordinated among the three venues will be staged involving foreign academies in Rome, the Archivio Luce / Cinecittà and the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia.

The event is part of the PPP100-Roma Racconta Pasolini programme promoted by Rome the Capital City – Department of Cultural Affairs with the coordination of the Department of Cultural Activities.