Joan Fontcuberta

Curiosa Meravigliosa


Curiosa Meravigliosa is a public art project that celebrates both the wonders you find in the Palazzo dei Musei in Reggio Emilia and the curiosity and expectations of its various audiences. For this reason it is presented as a choral work based on citizen participation.

Palazzo dei Musei will host a monument of memory, a mural, a large photomosaic that refers to a “now” and a “here”, as if it were an old family photo album or an open-air Facebook page, integrating evocations of the treasures of the museum collection with what draws the attention and interest of the participants: from selfies (self-reflection) to images of what everyone considers worthy of being preserved and passed on. Photographs, to share culture and experience but not only that: photographs also and above all to build a community, to leave a trace – humble, but personal – and weave a swarm of private micro-stories that contribute to shaping collective memory.

All this in order to offer the future a public work, a work for everyone, which is a wonderful and curious act of image aimed at radiating a little light in the dark times of the current pandemic.


The work, installed on the outer wall of the Palazzo dei Musei, will be visible from September.

Throughout more than four decades of dedication to photography, Joan Fontcuberta (Barcelona, 1955) has developed both an artistic and a theoretical activity that focuses on the conflicts between nature, technology, photography and truth. Lately he has been exploring the new visual culture under the impact of digital tools and AI.

He has had solo exhibitions at MoMA (NY, 1988), the Art Institute (Chicago, 1990), IVAM (Valencia, 1992), MNAC (Barcelona, 1999), Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Paris, 2014), Science Museum (London, 2014), Museum Angewandte Kunst (Frankfurt, 2015), among others. In addition to these institutions, his works have been collected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), the San Francisco MoMA, the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), the National Gallery of Art (Ottawa), the Folkwang Museum (Essen), the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris) and the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam).

He is the author of a dozen books on the history, aesthetics and epistemology of photography, the most recent being La furia delle immagini. Note sulla postfotografia (Einaudi, 2016).


Palazzo dei Musei
Via Lazzaro Spallanzani, 1
Reggio Emilia

Palazzo dei Musei