Pasolini on display at the Palaexpò: «Everything is holy. The poetic body “

from Edoardo Sassi

Seven hundred specimens exhibited including photographs, books, documents, costumes. One of the sections dedicated to the subject of mockery to which he was subjected in life for his homosexuality

All Pasolini, uncensored. All of Pasolini until the day of his tragic death, an event that is excluded, due to a precise curatorial choice, from the staging of the exhibition inaugurated on October 18 at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni and entitled All holy. The poetic body. Avoiding the chronicle of the barbaric crime – on the night of November 2, 1975 at the Idroscalo di Ostia, officially at the hands of Pino Pelosi (but the truth is never known) – does not mean not framing the reasons, the climate in which that murder matur. This shows her, courageously, she does it: everywhere along the route and in particular in one of the seven thematic sections specifically dedicated to the theme of mockery. A room that gives chills: where everything and everyone – right, left, center, north, south, ordinary people, magazines, newspapers, newsreels, flyers … – speak the language of contempt and hatred. And in which the target is always one: the homosexuality of the poet (expelled for moral indignity from the Italian Communist Parthian after the indictment, 1949, of obscene acts in a public place and corruption of a minor).

There is testimony of the innumerable Frsjudicial proceedings that for twenty-five years made Pasolini a regular guest in the courtroom. And there is no shortage of (chilling) notes by Professor Aldo Semerari, considered a luminary of the time, in which it is stated that Pasolini is a psychopath of instinct. Laura Betti, in one of the testimonies reported along the way, says it with touching simplicity, referring to the fact that Pasolini laughed little: He was a man hunted down, rejected, listed by the right and the left as different. He was a man thirsty for love. Making him laugh was therefore not easy also because there was nothing to laugh about.

Thirsty for love, and for truth. A voice often against the tide and out of the chorus. The exhibition also recalls this, from the famous 1968 article I hate you, dear students (1968) to the one against abortion on the front page of Corriere della Sera, January 19, 1975 (with a reply, from the columns of the Manifesto, in which not even Umberto Eco, in controversy with PPP, resists the temptation of homophobic jokes). For the rest, the exhibition (the first of three, two more will follow: at Maxxi and Palazzo Barberini, for a unique and shared project) what you expect: a suggestive and tabless immersion in the life and work of one of the most famous and controversial intellectuals of his time, avoiding the risk of making it a monument and with all original materials: c ‘Roma, there are the books (also available for reading), the thousands of photos, friends, addresses, thoughts, films and costumes of Danilo Donati and Piero Tosi, his women: from Laura to the beloved mother Susanna, from Silvana Mangano (your bitter beauty: which offers itself, looming, like a theophany, a splendor of pearl; while, in reality, you are far away) to Anna Magnani, from Elsa Morante to Callas.

Info: Pier Paolo Pasolini. All holy. The poetic body, Palazzo delle Esposizioni (via Nazionale 194,, until February 26th. Exhibition curated by Giuseppe Garrera, with Cesare Pietroiusti, Clara Tosi Pamphili and Olivier Saillard. From Tuesday to Sunday from 10 to 20 (full admission 10 euros). From 20 October to 8 December, in addition to the exhibition, P.our neighbor donkeys

film review by the Special Palaexpo Company and the Experimental Cinematography Center with free admission by reservation.

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October 19, 2022 (change October 19, 2022 | 07:24)

Pasolini on display at the Palaexpò: «Everything is holy. The poetic body ”