Ugo Mulas

Rotonda Di Via Besana

With this retrospective, the city of Milan paid homage to its greatest photographer, Ugo Mulas. Mulas was born in 1928 and died in 1973. Even during his student years at the academy, he was in touch with the art world, and it was in the work of painters and sculptors that he sought an answer to the question he always posed: how to define the work of the photographer. This exhibition, organized by Germano Celant, covered all his activity, from 1953 until the year of his death, and gave a chronological view that documented all the “themes” he addressed.

Mulas was above all a great portraitist, but the personality he portrays, the artist or literary figure or actor, is never seen in his or her singular exceptionality, but rather as a subject tied to a community that is defined and recognizable in a distinctive manner. It is this collective that the photographer indicates, and this is why most

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