Aprire la storia. From an idea by Carla Subrizi. 20.10.2022 – 24.02.2023, via del Vascello 35, Rome.

Da «la Repubblica», 6 novembre 1991 (dettaglio).

Da «la Repubblica», 6 novembre 1991 (dettaglio).

On the 20th of October 2022, the Fondazione Baruchello opens the exhibition “Aprire la storia,” a project that stems from the archive of the newspaper “la Repubblica,” which became part of the Foundation’s Library in 2009.

The exhibition, which is presented as a research work, reflects on the adjacencies between the universe of mass media communication as proposed by a daily newspaper, and the perspectives that artists of different backgrounds and training have dedicated to history. Loose and bound copies, front pages, and details of the newspaper narrate an era that extends from 1976 to the present. Alongside the narration of facts and contexts from the daily newspaper ”la Repubblica”, a series of artists’ films have been selected through which the roots of mass media’s construction of facts are investigated, the gaps and censorships in the narrative are addressed, parallel stories are implemented that do not neglect memory and affection, and the cultural systems underlying the narration of history are subjected to a critical gaze. The enormous archive of a newspaper (from the first issue in 1976 to 2010 and then, through a selection, to the present day) set up in the spaces of Fondazione Baruchello, presents the course of history in the fragmentary and immediate nature of journalistic communication; the films, in a dedicated projection space, constitute the opening of a perspective that, with different points of view, problematize the same facts, opening up new ways of reading history.

Films by Chantal Akerman, Gianfranco Baruchello, Harun Farocki, Antoni Muntadas, Rogelio López Cuenca, Dora García, Cesare Pietroiusti and others, presented through a program of screenings, build a landscape that shows how history, as a system, can reveal its own fragility.

A calendar of meetings, reading workshops, and interventions, starting from the 20th of October, provide the opportunity to explore the exhibition’s themes through multiple perspectives.

Given the huge amount of materials that make up the collection of “la Repubblica” (about 17,000 copies), a preparatory phase for the exhibition consists of an initial workshop during which issues and related years of the newspaper will be organized and selected. This workshop is also presented as an opportunity for reflection prior to the exhibition.



Aprire la storia(Part 1)

20.10 – 15.11.2022

Aprire la storia (Parte 2)

28.11.2022 – 24.02.2023

Movie programming

28.11 – 09.12.2022

Antoni Muntadas – On Translation: Fear/Miedo | 2005, DVD, 30’27’’, color, sound, subtitles


12.12 – 23.12.2022

Harun Farocki – Videograms of a Revolution | 1992, found footage, 106’, color, sound, subtitles


9.01 – 13.01.2023

Chantal Akerman – D’Est | 1993, 16 mm, 111’, color, sound


16.01 – 20.01.2023

Rogelio López Cuenca – Calor Humano | 2008, video, 3’38’’, b/w, sound


23.01 – 27.01.2023

Gianfranco Baruchello – In su | 2001, VHS, 5’, color, sound

Gianfranco Baruchello – Ars memoriae | 2009, HDV, 21’, color, sound


30.01 – 03.02.2023

Fiamma Montezemolo – Traces | 2012, digital video, 20’28’’, color, sound


6.02 – 10.02.2023

Dora García – Love with Obstacles | 2020, video, 60’, color, sound, subtitles


13.02 – 17.02.2023

Cesare Pietroiusti – Pensiero unico | 2003, video, 5’41”, color, sound


20.02 – 24.02.2023

Carlo Gabriele Tribbioli and Federico Lodoli – Fragment 53 | 2015, video, 71′, HD color, stereo



Maria Alicata, Laura Carini, Mattia Dei, Giuditta Sciamanna, Edoardo Visalli collaborated on the project.

This exhibition was realized with the contribution of the Lazio Region, Culture and Creative Lazio Directorate, Cultural Services and Reading Promotion Area, R.L. no. 24/2019, Plan 2022.

“Aprire la storia” received the patronage of the Dipartimento di Storia Antropologia Religioni Arte Spettacolo of Sapienza University in Rome.