The exhibition Pasolini Roma looks at the Italian writer and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975) by means of his relations with Rome. And this examination involves entering into all the aspects that comprised and defined Pasolini: poetry, politics, commitment to city life, sex, friendship and cinema.
The show is divided into six chronological sections that correspond to six phases in the life and creation of Pier Paolo Pasolini. It opens with his arrival in Rome on 28 January 1950 and closes on 2 November 1975, when his lifeless body was found near Ostia.
For Pasolini, Rome was not just a backdrop or a place to live. Rome had a physical, carnal, passionate existence. The meeting with Rome was, for the artist, like a great love story with its disappointments, its mixed feelings of love and hate, and the phases of attraction, rejection and estrangement.
For Pasolini the analyst of the evolution of Italian society, Rome was his principal observatory, his constant field of study, reflection and struggle. The transformations of the city informed his analysis of changes in the Italy and the Italians of the sixties and seventies.
There is a Rome before and a Rome after Pasolini. His articles and films created a new imaginary for the city of Rome. Pasolini was not content to use the city as a backdrop for his novels and films; he “recreated” Rome, using literature and film. Like a great creator, he devised a new myth of this political and Vatican city, its neighbourhoods and its inhabitants.
The exhibition Pasolini Roma is a project shared by the CCCB, the Cinémathèque française in Paris, the Azienda Palaexpo–Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome and the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. Pasolini Roma is a project selected, assessed and financed by the European Commission to represent the European, transnational, topical nature of Pasolini’s work and the project in itself.