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The Impact of Art on Filmmaker Pasolini Explored in New Exhibition in Monaco


The new exhibition titled 'Pasolini en Clair-Obscur' (or 'Pasolini in Chiaroscuro' in English) at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco's Villa Sauber will delve into the intersection of art and film. Scheduled to open to the public on March 29th, it promises an exploration of this captivating relationship.


The exhibition will explore the impact of both contemporary and classical painting on Pier Paolo Pasolini's cinematic body of work. Additionally, it will examine how his filmmaking endeavors were deeply intertwined with his admiration for painting. While Pasolini is chiefly remembered as a writer, his global recognition stemmed from his distinctive contributions to cinema.


Drawing from influences spanning from the Baroque to the contemporary era, his filmmaking style was marked by a unique individuality rich in artistic allusions. Pasolini also had a penchant for adorning sets with artwork, further showcasing his appreciation for the visual arts. The title 'Pasolini en Clair-Obscur' exhibition draws inspiration from the chiaroscuro technique, reminiscent of Baroque art, which played a significant role in Pasolini's black and white films. It highlights his innovative incorporation of renowned artworks, such as those by Caravaggio, as dynamic elements within his movies. These artworks were either transformed into "living paintings" or seamlessly integrated to encapsulate their essence in cinematic moments.


Illustrating Pasolini's profound connections to the art realm, the exhibition will also unveil insights into his encounters with Francis Bacon and his partnerships with Fabio Mauri. Offering a comprehensive examination of Pasolini's multifaceted works, the exhibition encompasses his films, poetry, and essays.

The exhibition will be open until September 29th. Admission to the Villa Sauber on 17 Avenue Princesse Grace is €6, and the venue is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm. During the summer, the opening hours are adjusted to 11 am to 7 pm.

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