Ugo Mulas: Vitalita de Negativo

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The exhibition Vitalità del negativo nell'arte italiana 1960-1970, curated by Achille Bonito Oliva in 1970, was a key retrospective of the Italian art scene, involving the most representative artists of the Sixties. Ugo Mulas portrayed the artists and their artworks, but this was not just a simple reportage. This book bears witness to the development in those years of a common horizon between artists and photographers thanks to the notion of documentation and its potential to inform and represent. In the images the space and time of the exhibition are transformed and the photographic recording breaks the event down into fragments of a memory. This is what determines the relationship between art and photography and structures the book; Vitalità is the point of arrival on a path that spans the whole of Mulas' career as a photographer and critic, the crux of a dialectic between event and representation and that culminates in his last great work, the Verifiche.