Late Twentieth Century. Pisa and the changing world

7 December 2023 - 31 March 2024

On display at Palazzo Blu are images from the last three decades of the 20th century, taken from the Frassi archive

“Late Twentieth Century. Pisa and the Changing World” is the latest photography exhibition offered by Palazzo Blu featuring images from the Frassi archive owned by the Pisa Foundation.
The exhibition, which opens to the public on December 7, 2023, and can be visited until March 31, 2024, concludes a cycle of picture narratives evoking the life of the city from the 1920s to the end of the past century.
The exhibition “Late Twentieth Century. Pisa and the Changing World” is produced with the scientific collaboration of Dr. Bruno Settis.
In the last decades of the 20th century, the city of Pisa participated in an intense season, full of events of historical significance and changes in the world and in our country that are reflected in many photos in the exhibition.
It features a number of international and national political figures and major historical events, including the lead years of terrorism and the underworld.
The exhibition is not a detailed and exhaustive reconstruction of 30 years of history, but it is intended to recall or to make known, through Pisa’s perception of this period, some of the most important events and phenomena of that period.
Also recalled are personalities from the fields of science, culture and entertainment, urban changes, city news, Romeo Anconetani’s soccer and the alarm over the collapse of the Leaning Tower.
It was then in that period, in June 1989, that Pisa was enriched by a great work of contemporary art, the most important among those created in the city in the 20th century, destined to assume international fame: the mural by Keith Haring entitled Tuttomondo.
Luciano Frassi has illustrated half a century of the city’s history with thousands of shots, from crime to sports reporting, from costume to the city’s happy and painful events.
The exhibition is sponsored by Palazzo Blu, realized with the support of Pisa Foundation, and under the patronage of the Region of Tuscany and the City of Pisa.