A Life: Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Beat Generation, Rebellion, Poetry.

6 ottobre 2017

Fabrica has curated the exhibition design and the communication project of “A Life: Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Beat Generation, Rebellion, Poetry”, an exhibit (Brescia, Italy. Museum of Santa Giulia, from October 7, 2017 to January 14, 2018), highlighting the importance of the figure of Lawrence Ferlinghetti – American poet, painter, publisher and cultural agitator with Brescian origins – in the literary scene of the 1950s and 1960s, and in particular within the Beat Generation movement.

The exhibition also highlights the importance that the Beat had in Italy, thanks in particular to the activity of Fernanda Pivano, so as to become a cultural, musical and popular phenomenon. The exhibition is therefore an opportunity to retrace history and recreate the atmosphere of those years through print materials (first editions, posters, leaflets and objects), video and audio recordings (from jazz to readings) and photographs (by authors of such as Robert Capa, Aldo Durazzi, Larry Keenan, Allen Ginsberg, Christopher Felver and Fred Lyon, along with the great pictures taken by Ettore Sottsass), many of them unpublished.

About the exhibition concept:

Ferlinghetti has been a profound character behind the scene of the Beat Generation; with his fearless soul, he’s not only a freedom of speech figure, but also an influencer for different following movements that have shaped our society nowadays.

Inspired by Ferlinghetti's rich historical background, Fabrica has created an exhibition which celebrates a material pertinent to his creations: paper. Using different colours and vibrancies, the exhibit is divided to represent each era he went through and to emphasize his multiple personas as a poet, activist, publisher and painter. 

As Fabrica, we would like to transmit Ferlinghetti's rebellious spirit through graphics and installation, in order to engage a younger audience and to create ripples that can make positive changes, as Ferlinghetti once did himself. 

A Life: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Beat Generation, Rebellion, Poetry
7 October 2017 – 14 January 2018
Museum of Santa Giulia
Via Musei 81/b
Brescia, Italy

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