“Roma in blanco e nero”Italian exhibition opens [Archives:2005/808/Community]

January 17 2005

By Fahmia Al-Fotih
For The Yemen Times

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism along with the Italian Embassy opened “Roma in blanco e nero” Jan. 16 in Bait AL-Thakafa.

The exhibition will last to 20th January.

“Roma in blanco e nero”(“Rome in black and white”) Exhibition shows various symbolic places of the City of Rome, showing prints from the 1600s and 1700s.

The exhibition also includes photographs taken by city documents, active between the end of the 1800's and the beginning of the 1900's, and the film directors, from the 1900's, who had made the city itself the location of famous movies.

The exhibition suggests a method of understanding the lively urban context, using various visual languages.

In following the various images of the same sites of Rome, a new history is told. It could be said that anyone, Italian or foreigner, taking a walk in the City or living in it, can visit it again and again, comparing those historical places with his own recollection.

The Roman scenes shown in the collections of the National Institute For Graphic Arts, the photographic glass negatives of the Studio Vasari (1890-1910) and the cinematic images if the Foundation Center for the Instruction of Cinematography Archives tell about the passage of time and the consequent transformation of the City of Rome through the eyes of painters, engravers, architects, photographer and film director.

The exhibition also offers the opportunity of renewing the dialogue on the preservation of the cultural and architectural heritage of the oldest cities of the world, among them Sana'a, for the benefit of present and future generations.