Italian Cultural Institute of New York
September 10 to
October 20, 2019
Italian Cultural Institute
686 Park Avenue
New York


Gianni Berengo Gardin photographs Renzo Piano
Exhibition curated by Guido Risicato and Lorenzo Trompetto

Two talents, two creative practices, two different relationships to time—yet one remarkable record: 33 images of buildings designed by Renzo Piano and photographed by Gianni Berengo Gardin comprise the first-ever exhibition in the United States to present the story of a fruitful, two-decade collaboration between photographer and architect that started in 1979 and resulted in nearly 10,000 images, from which Gardin himself has chosen the photographs that will be on display at the Italian Cultural Institute.

Gardin’s photographs of Piano’s buildings capture all the energy and uncertainty, sometimes even the actual building blocks, that architects typically hide from public view. These are not photographs of polished edifices taken on the day the ribbon is about to be cut, but an account of day-to-day life at the building site, the energy and sweat, the movement through space of people, materials, equipment—and light.

Born in Santa Margherita, Liguria, in 1930, Gianni Berengo Gardin began taking photographs in 1954. Widely exhibited, collected, and celebrated, he has photographed Roma communities, Venice at carnevale, patients in Italian mental institutions, the regions of Italy and the villages of India, among dozens of other subjects. He has published more than 250 photography books to date and lives between Milan and Camogli.

The Art of Waiting: Gianni Berengo Gardin Photographs Renzo Piano will be on display at the Italian Cultural Institute of New York from September 10 to October 20, 2019

With special thanks to:
The Gianni Berengo Gardin Archives
The Renzo Piano Foundation
Michael Frank
Federico Rampini

Exhibition design: P46architettura+ - Gosplan Architects
Exhibition graphics: Fluido
Photographic prints: Toni D’Ambrosio, Milano
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