The genius of Pazienza on display in Bologna

Twenty-four years after the last anthological exhibition dedicated to him in the capital of Emilia in 1997 and after many months of closure due to the pandemic, the creative genius of Andrea Pazienza, the cartoonist whose panels changed the world of comics forever, arrived at Palazzo Albergati in Bologna on the 7th of May 2021. He moved to the shadow of the Two Towers in 1974 to enrol in the Department of the Drama, Art, and Music Studies at the University of Bologna and in 1977 started his career on the pages of ‘Alter Alter’, delineating the traits of his most creative and stimulating period until 1984.

Born in 1956, cartoonist, draftsman, illustrator and painter: Andrea Pazienza was, undoubtedly, the greatest exponent of that all-Italian storytelling so free and at the service of a relentless and unprecedented stream of consciousness.

Over 100 works – between original comic panels and paintings made with various media, ranging from felt-tip pens, tempera, pencils to acrylic colours – from the archives of those close to him such as his sister, brother, wife and others, are exhibited.

A selection of beautiful and historic images by the great photographer and visual artist, Enrico Scuro, also enriches the exhibition.

Starting from his artistic output that rests on three pillars, Pentothal, Zanardi and Pompeo, the exhibition is a journey through the life of the artist and the roads of Bologna inflamed by the student movements in 1977. An account of revolts, love, political wars and disturbance experienced by a generation of marvellous dreamers who have a sort of via crucis of freedom and revolution etched on their skin.

Held under the aegis of the Comune di Bologna – Cultura è Bologna, produced and organised by Piuma in association with Arthemisia and curated by ARF! – Festival di storie, segni & disegni the exhibition has been created with the contribution of Fondazione Cultura e Arte, an instrumentality of Fondazione Terzo Pilastro -Internazionale, chaired by Professor Emmanuele F. M. Emanuele, thanks to which children under the age of 12 may enjoy a complimentary ticket and secondary school and university students a reduced ticket price.

The event sees BilBOlbul International Comics Festival and RIFF Rete Italiana Festival di Fumetto, as partners of the event, which is recommended by Sky Arts.

The exhibition is open until the 26th of September 2021.

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Opening Hours
Mondays to Fridays from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sundays and Public Holidays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The ticket office closes at 7 p.m.

Full price € 12,00
Reduced price € 10,00