The exhibition 'Eternal City. Roma nella collezione fotografica del Royal Institute of British Architects' opens at the Vittoriano

The exhibition Eternal City. Roma nella collezione fotografica del Royal Institute of British Architects – curated by BSR Faculty member Marco Iuliano with Gabriella Musto and Valeria Carullo – opens at the Vittoriano in Rome on Thursday 28 June 18.00.

The exhibition brings together a carefully selected set of images out of the many thousands that the RIBA holds of the city of Rome, from its landscape to close archaeological detail, through the intermediate scale of architecture.

The British School at Rome is collaborating on this exhibition with RIBA, Polo Museale del Lazio, and the Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II. Published by Skira, the catalogue contains, among others, contributions by Marco Iuliano (FAHL member), Stephen Milner (Director), Tom True (Assistant Director), and Alessandra Giovenco (Archivist).

The photographs of Rome are divided into four complementary sections: Antiquity, Modernity, Urban Landscapes and Atmospheres. Each is introduced by a text that is to be understood as a possible interpretation of the choices made. Obviously, in many cases that certain images could be placed in more than one section. The selection of the photographs and their arrangement in sequences, suggested by visual analogies, are intended to stimulate appraisal through the construction of a timeless narrative.

Apart from some professionals who worked for the Architectural Press, the photographers featured — James Anderson, Tim Benton, Richard Bryant, Ralph Deakin, Ivy and Ivor de Wolfe, Richard Pare, Monica Pidgeon and Edwin Smith — are exclusively British. Their images date from the birth of the medium to the present day.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) was founded in London in 1834 for the advancement of architecture and began assembling its collection of architectural photographs from the outset. It is now one of the largest in the world.

Photo gallery | Catalogue | RIBA 


Over the summer the Terrazza Italia of the Vittoriano will host conversations on architectural photography: 

Tuesday 10 July 20.30 | Paolo Rosselli (photographer)

Thursday 19 July 20.30 | A conversation with Marco Menghi (photographer) and Allegra Martin (photographer)

Tuesday 24 July 20.30 | Guido Guidi (photographer) with Antonello Frongia (Roma Tre University) and Andrea Simi (photographer)

Wednesday 5 September 20.30 | Marco Iuliano (BSR; Liverpool School of Architecture) and Gabriella Musto (Director of the Vittoriano)

Wednesday 12 September 20.30 | Paolo Mascilli Migliorini (Polo Museale) and Libero De Cunzo (photographer)

The catalogue for the exhibition is available at Skira.


Fotografo non identificato, Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II, 1958 (RIBA Collections)