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Hollywood Icons. Photographs from The John Kobal Foundation

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Address: Palazzo delle Esposizioni
Via Nazionale, 194

Starts: 24 June, 2017
Ends: 17 September, 2017

The exhibition has been organized by Azienda Speciale Palaexpo, and is presented by the John Kolbal Foundation in association with Terra Esplêndida.

Hollywood Icons. Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation is a rich survey of the great stars of the classic era of Hollywood movies highlighting the work of the photographers responsible for creating their glittering images.

The exhibition presents 161 portraits from the biggest names in motion picture history beginning with silent legends Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford, continuing with brilliant performers of the early talkie era such as Marlene Dietrich, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable and Cary Grant, and concluding with the post war giants like Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. Organized in decades, from the 1920’s through the 1960’s, which feature the major stars of each period, Hollywood Icons also includes galleries dedicated to the Hollywood Studio photographers, the star making process and introduces the life and career of collector and film historian, John Kobal, who brought this work out of dusty archives into the public arena and critical acclaim.

John Kobal was very keen to find a way in which he could see his own enthusiasm for photography continued after his death. In 1990 he formed The John Kobal Foundation as a charity to which he donated the photographic negatives and fine art photographs that he had collected over the years. These provide a source of income that is used by the foundation to encourage interest in and help advance the general public's appreciation and awareness of photography and particularly the area which most interested John - the art of portrait photography.

Since John's death in October 1991, the foundation first pursued this aim through the John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award, an annual award for the best portrait photograph in association with the National Portrait Gallery. It ran for ten years from 1993-2002 and was regarded as the most prestigious award devoted to portrait photography in the UK, drawing well over 200,000 people to the National Portrait Gallery every year.


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