Bologna fotografata: the exhibit


BOLOGNA FOTOGRAFATA. People, places, photographers

May 12th, 2023 – January 28th, 2024

Bologna, Sottopasso di Piazza Re Enzo

The exhibit

The city remains the same, Bologna, as do the years we traverse: from the end of the 19th century to the end of the 20th century. The title is once more Bologna Fotografata – as it was for the 2017 exhibition, and the venue is once more the underpass in Piazza Re Enzo. However, the story being told by this new exhibition, although similar in many ways to the previous one, is different.

In addition to the experience garnered on that occasion, we now have the opportunity to avail of some photographic collections recently acquired by the Cineteca di Bologna, as well as – thanks to the images shared through the Bologna Fotografata online portal – numerous public and private archives, allowing us to discover never-before-seen views of the city.

A broader, more harmonious and more assorted vision. A new story told through portraits, newspaper photographs, advertising images, police files, family albums… in the belief that each document possesses, in its own way, the ability to add a small but significant part to the history of Bologna.

Alongside iconic images, included to articulate the historical context of our story, it is the documentation of the everyday photographic life of the city, composed of faces and street corners, poses in studios and interiors of family homes.

We wanted images to tell the story, not simply be illustrations to a story that has already been told. For this reason, special attention has been given to the photographers who, through a vast range of tastes, skills and motivations, created this immense archive of the city.

Therefore, we have entrusted them with the task of suggesting the reasons and the methods that led them to choose which Bologna to photograph and how to go about doing so.

Giuseppe Savini (exhibit curator)


BOLOGNA FOTOGRAFATA. People, places, photographers

May 12th, 2023 – January 28th, 2024

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 2 pm-8 pm

Saturday, Sunday and Holidays 10 am-8 pm

Closed on Tuesdays

The exhibition will be closed from August 7 to August 22 inclusive. It will reopen (with regular hours) on August 23.

The exhibit is accessible to people with mobility disabilities. Please get in touch with our staff at  +39 / 051 2194150, or at the Cineteca di Bologna Bookshop.


Full price: 10 euro

Reduced: 7 euro**

Reduced Unibo students: 5 euro

Children ages 0-6: free

Children ages 7-17: 5 euro

Tickets can be purchased at the Cineteca di Bologna’s Bookshop (Voltone Palazzo Re Enzo) or on Cineteca di Bologna web site.



ground floor, under the arches of Palazzo Re Enzo

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10 am-8 pm

Saturday, Sunday and Holidays 9.45 am-8 pm

Closed on Tuesdays

* Tickets can be purchased up to one hour before closing time

** over 65




Tel. +39 051 2194150

On the social media: @cinetecabologna #cinetecadibologna #bolognafotografata


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