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in 1944 in Milan.
after qualifying in architecture at Milan Polytechnic, he began to
take photographs, concentrating on the city and the urban landscape.
on a lot of different commissions through out Europe.
one of the most important urbane landscape photographers.
one year after the end of a war that lasted fifteen years, he took
part in a photographic mission on Beirut. “Before the war Beirut was
never just a city, it was an idea of coexistence and the spirit of
tolerance: diverse religious communities (Shiites, Sunnis,
Christians and Druses) could live together without having to abandon
their individual identities.” (Thomas Friedman)
result of Basilico’s photographs, while maintaining an objective and
analytical edge, has an ambivalent and disconcerting feeling. It is
a document of a horrendous past and at the same time a blue print
for an unpredictable future. They are much more a question than a
statement, they are not a judgment on war but a reflection on what a
city is left with once war eventually ends and life resumes its
course. The idea of the city remains intact even if its political
and social structures have been attacked. Looking at the photo’s of
Beirut, where buildings stand with no less dignity than the
Colosseum in Rome’s traffic jam, we have to consider how these
images will be handled and how they will affect the future history
of the city both in terms of architectural development and as a
reference point of a time that runs the risk of being forgotten.”
of Gabriele Basilico has been shown at institutions as the Stedelijk
Museum – Amsterdam, the Venice Biennale, the Musée Européen de la
Photographie – Paris, and Ivam –Valencia. His work is represented in
collections in most of the major public and private institutions.
Born 12 August in Milan,
Graduate from the Faculty
of Architecture at the Polytechnic of Milan.
Begins detailed research
into the urban industrial area of Milan, culminating in 1983 with
the exhibition Milano, ritratti di fabbriche at Padiglione
d’Arte Contemporanea in Milan.
Works on Milanese
architecture, Immagini del Novecento, Milano, architetture
First public collective project on the city of Naples, Napoli,
cittàdi mare con porto.
Partecipates in the collective exhibition Viaggio in Italia,
based on a project by Luigi Ghirri
on the contemporary Italian landscape.
Is invited to work on a
project of the Mission Photographique de la DATAR, an enormous
undertaking to record the contemporary French landscape promoted by
the French government. During the course of this work, his interest
gradually shifts from architectural sujects to complex landscapes.
Many solo and group
projects on different European cities (Milan, Trieste, Rotterdam,
Geneva, Lake Trasimeno, Hambourg, Barcelona, Antwerp).
solo exhibition at the Rencontres Internationales de la
Starts a collaboration
with the Province of Milan under the auspices of the Progetto Beni
Architettonici e Ambientali, as a result of which receives a series
One-man exhibition in New
York, Philippe Daverio Gallery.
Works in Milan, Barcelona,
Under the auspices of the Mois de la Photo in Paris, receives the
Grand Prix Mois de la
Photo for his exhibition and book Porti di mare.
Partecipates with a group
of international photographers in the Mission
Photographique on the city
of Beirut at the end of the war.
Projects on the cities of
Porti di mare,
one-man exhibition at Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne.
Collective works: port of
Bilbao and city of Madrid.
In treno verso l’Europa:
a work on the landscape around Italian railway.
Solo exhibition at the
Printemps de la Photo, Cahors.
Nizza in controcampo:
commission and solo exhibition at Musée Matisse, Nice
L’esperienza dei luoghi,
important retrospective exhibition at the Galleria Fondazione
Gottardo, Lugano (then touring).
Works on the customs
building in Oporto and collective commission from the City of
New research work on Milan
which in 1997 will become a book, Interrupted City.
Collective work on
Fos-sur-Mer, near Marseille.
Two commissions for the
Venice Biennale/6th International Exhibition of
Architecture: for the Swiss Pavillon on the works by Luigi Snozzi;
for the Italian Pavillon, Italy, cross-sections of a country
in cooperation with Stefano Boeri.
Receives the “Osella
d’oro” prize at the Venice Biennale for the best photography in the
field of contemporary architecture.
Group work and exhibition
at invitation of the Kunsthaus, Zurich.
One-man exhibition at
Centro Cultural de Belem, Lisboa.
Public commissions on
landscape and cities: Venice-Marghera (industrial area), Riva del
Garda, Alberobello, Genoa, second commission on Nice (belle
époque architecture), Saint Gotthard mountain, Arras, Lombardy
Solo exhibition at the
Kwangju Biennale in Korea, and award for the ‘Space’ section.
Solo exhibitions at
Berggruen & Zevi Gallery, London and at Storefront Gallery, New
and Attraversare Bergamo: two books and exhibitions on the
Two group works and
exhibitions in Valencia: Palacio de Congresos and the University.
Basilico Cityscapes, a selection of over 300 photographs from
1984 to 1999.
solo exhibition in Amsterdam at Staedelijk Museum.
Spends three months in Berlin documenting the town on behalf of
Siebenhaar Art Project for DAAD.
Works on a long term project on the city of Valencia.
group exhibition in Bordeaux, Arc en Rêve/Centre d’Art Contemporain.
West, book and exhibition for the Provincia Autonoma
Solo exhibition in Oporto,
Centro Portugués de Fotografia.
group exhibition, at Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci,
solo exhibition at Studio Guenzani, Milano.
Starts an extensive
project on the disused areas in Emilia-Romagna region.
one-man exhibition at IVAM, Valencia.
Solo exhibition at MART,
Museo d’Arte Moderna of Trento and Rovereto.
Gabriele Basilico is
issued in the Phaidon Press 55 series
at Galleria D’Arte Moderna, Turin
Publishes Bord de mer,
extended version of the book drawn from the D.A.T.A.R. assignment
Basilico, Beirut 1991 (2003), a selection of over 130
photographs from the war ruins to the rebuilding
Carries out a photographic
report on the recent architectures of Portugal from which Gabriele
Basilico composes the exhibition Disegnare la città presented
at V Biennal in Sao Paulo and at Triennale di Milano.
and Bord de mer, solo exhibition at MIT Museum, Cambridge,
Works in Santiago de
Compostela documenting the town for a research project commissioned
by Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea.
Milano, September 2004