Mario Carrieri (Milan, 1932) has been a leading figure in Italian photography ever since 1959, when he published Milan, Italy, photographic book. Some of the published shots are now part of the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and of other international venues. Being engaged in the field of architecture and design photography in the four corners of the world, he has been photographing the works of the most appreciated architects of our time, from Aldo Rossi to Renzo Piano, from Norman Foster to Richard Meier and Rem Koolhaas.
The exhibition aims to show a selection of Mario Carrieri’s works as a result of the artistic research he dedicated to the theme of the “tragic nature of human existence” for over forty years. Large-scale works, including some previously unpublished ones, imagined as big stages on which the flower-actors play out the tragedy of the frailty of beauty and the awareness of its transience. The exhibition is proposed during the "Orticola 2023" event dedicated to the intelligence of flowers, from the title of the book by Maurice Maeterlinck, Nobel Prize winner for literature in 1911. This year's theme intends to focus on plants and flowers as living organisms and not just as ornaments, capturing their intelligence, their ability to adapt, grow and multiply. The exhibition is part of the "FuoriOrticola 2023" programme.