Overtaking. When Italy began running, 1946-1961

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From 12 October 2018 al 3 February 2019 al Museo di Roma Palazzo Braschi.


Ten thematic sections composed of 160 shots and video installations that trace the 15 years by the Italian reconstruction after the trauma of World War II, until the 'early Economic boom.

The exhibition is curated by Enrico Menduni e Gabriele D'Autilia, co-produced with the 'Istituto Luce-Cinecittà and organized in collaboration with Zètema project Culture. Promoted by Rome capital city, Department of Cultural Growth – Capitolina Superintendence of Cultural Heritage, the realization collaborated on City of Parma and the CSAC Studies and Archive Center of the University of Parma.

What tells the Show

At the end of the war, Italy is a country completely prostrated, with huge structural and political problems that undermine, deep inside, identity. The referendum 2 June '46 initiates a new era; no longer the monarchy but a republic and for the first time vote for women. In a few years Italy went from basically agricultural country to industrial country, developing productive excellence, but also relevant social contradictions with the uneven economic development between north and south.

The great expansion, It was also extraordinary transformations in lifestyles Theater, Language and the Italian customs, for which, the spread of television sets represented a decisive factor.

Mike Bongiorno the Gemelle Kessler become common references of all Italians.

The improvement in the average standard of living of Italian families, Furthermore, It pops up in homes the first washing machines and refrigerators, increase the number of cars on Italian roads, they see a structural development with the construction of the first modern conception highways, from the Milan-Naples and the Autostrada del Sole. With the new cars and the development of the road network new holiday habits also began fueling the tourism industry. It's a real explosion, the Tiger Economy, It is defined as, that will put Italy at the center of international attention as a remarkable example of development and lifestyle. The so-called Made in Italy dates from this period. The film becomes an extraordinary catalyst, neorealism attracts the world's attention and celluloid Hollywood stars come to Italy to film several films. An explosion that creates enthusiasm and illusions, but also disenchant.

This exhibition tells the Overtaking

The direct reference to the movie by Dino Risi, film icon of an era, It is extremely explanatory. The journey faced by the protagonists is emblematic of the story where the visitor is accompanied. The images that capture men and women in their daily lives while carries big change taking place, convey emotions and invite reflection. Many of the pictures are from illustrated weeklies era. Unknown agency photographers, capable of grasping with intense look different realities, put next to more famous photographers Gianni Berengo Gardin, Brin roît, Cecilia Mangini, Pepi Merisio, Wanda Wultz, Tazio Secchiaroli, Ferruccio Leiss, Romano Cagnoni, Walter Mori, Bruno Munari, Italo Insolera, between Italians and Willian Klein, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Gordon Parks among foreigners. The detailed story of the pictures is supported with additional strength from period films and quotes that make immerse the guest in the enthusiastic breaths, fast, frantic and voracious era. It presents a real collective portrait, anthropology of Economic boom the Italians with their successes, their weaknesses, their dreams and their contradictions.


As one of the many memorable dialogues Overtaking of D.Risi:

Bruno Cortona (V.Gassman): Here it's late. Roberto Forza. What you enchanted? Here we go.

Roberto Mariani (J.L.Trintignant): We wanted to spend my life in the countryside!

Bruno Cortona: And oh but I know 'three hours that we're here!

It is worth the time travel that underlies so encourages us to reflect on the present.

Time and costs of the photographic exhibition The Overtaking
Tuesday to Sunday hours 10.00-19.00
The ticket office closes at 18.00
Closing days: Monday, 25 December, 1 January

N.B. for possible openings and / or closings extraordinary to see the dedicated page Notifications its



€ 7,00 full ticket;

€ 5,00 reduced ticket;
€ 4,00 Special ticket per student school (Free entrance to an accompanying teacher each 10 students);
€ 22,00 Special ticket Families (2 more adult children below 18 years);
For holders MIC Card Access to this exhibition is free of charge with a ticket “Show only”