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Exhibition Details

Metropole/Colony

Africa and Italy

  • January 17, 2012 - April 15, 2012

Summary of Exhibition

Metropole/Colony: Africa and Italy uses selections from the Wolfsonian’s collections, some of which have never before been exhibited publicly, to explore and illustrate the central role African colonization played in shaping Italian national identity during the Fascist era (1922-1943).

Further Information about the Exhibition

Colonization was integral, rather than peripheral, to efforts by the regime and other actors to forge a social and cultural consensus nationwide.

The exhibition focuses on a set of themes (including broadcast media, tourism, urban planning, land reclamation, infrastructure, agriculture, industry, children’s games, and architecture) and uses materials in the Wolfsonian collections to show how these concerns were manifested within both the metropole (the Italian mainland) and the colonies.

Curator: David Rifkind

Located in the Wolfsonian Teaching Gallery at the Frost Art Museum.

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