21 Jan-20 March. Born 35 years ago punk continues to influence most art and cultural forms, from music to literature, from visual arts to fashion.
No exhibition or publication has yet been devoted to the artistic dimension of this movement in itself. This exhibition fills the void. It focuses on punk culture in Europe in the second half of the 1970s, showing the revolutionary change of imagery created by graphic designers, illustrators, image makers and agitators.
Rather than telling the story of the musical influences of punk that has surprised and shocked millions of people, it shows the works of those artists who, while strongly denying they were making art, did want their images to change the world. The exhibition gathers over 550 items, some of which are well-celebrated, others unfamiliar or not seen for decades, from private and public collections: clothes, fanzines, posters, flyers, drawings and collages, record covers, films.
Symbolically, the event starts with the first appearance on television of the Sex Pistols, in 1976 - the year punk was born. It also features four site-specific projects especially conceived by Francis Baudevin, St
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Europunk, the visual culture of punk, 1976-80.
Villa Medici, Viale Trinità dei Monti 1, tel. 0667611. 10.45-13.00, 14.00-19.00. Monday closed.