Vasco Ascolini

Born in 1937 - Italy


Vasco Ascolini was born May 10th, 1937, in Reggio Emilia, where he lives and works. He started his photograpy career in 1965.
From 1973 to 1990 he was the official photographer of the Municipal Theatre "Romolo Valli" in Reggio Emilia. His pictures of the theater entered in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of New York, MOMA, New York (section Performing Arts), the Guggenheim Museum in New York and in several other museums's collections throughout the USA, Europe and others countries. The Museum of Photography of Mannheim, Germany conserves a series of theater photographies which are part of Helmut Gernsheim's personal collection.

In 1985 a major retrospective exhibition of his spectacle photographs was held at The Lincoln Center in New York. While continuing to publish and expose these images, he began in 1970 to photograph patrimony and architecture, always giving great importance to black and white, which characterized him already in theater photography. In the 80s, he received an institutional order for a photographic study of the city of Aosta. Each order was treated exclusively according to his own vision.

The text of Ernst H. Gombrich accompanying his images in the catalog of the exhibition of Aosta, was crucial. Vasco Ascolini had with him a big correspondence in their work, as he subsequently did with Gersheim, Aaron Scharf and Jacques Le Goff, other intellectuals who made a difference in his career.
The encounter of Michèle Moutashar will be determinant as well. By trusting him a photographic study of the city of Arles, which was exhibited in 1991 at the RIP, this exhibition offered him an international audience in his new photographic field. He received the medal of the city of Arles.

In 2000 Vasco Ascolini participated in the collective exhibition "D'Après l'antique" organized by The Louvre, which was for the first time exposing an exhibition of photography itself. In 2000 as well, he was named "Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters" by the Ministry of French Culture. In 2001, a thesis was devoted to his work by Daniele De Luigi, who is now a critic and historian of art and photography.

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Cronofotografia Di Teatro,
A Cura Di Nino Squarza, Reggio E., 1978

The M.Brooks Children’s Dance Research Theater
A Cura Di M.Brooks, Corridor Cases And Cullen Library, New York, Usa,1980

L’immaginaire Collectif
A Cura Di J.F.Augoyard, Grenoble,France,1981

Fantasmi Fotografici
A Cura Di A.Schwarz, Libreria Agorà, Torino, Italia,1982

Fantasmi Fotografici
A Cura Di A;Schwarz, Libreria Giocolieri, Pesaro, Italia,1982

Cronofotografia Di Teatro
A Cura Di Nino Squarza , Olomouc,Cecoslovacchia,1982

Pose Teatrali, Scritture Fotografiche
A Cura Di G.Bovini, Mantova, Italia 1982

Immagini Del Kabuki
A Cura Di M.Vanon, Crt, Milano, Italia, 1983

Le Geste,La Mimique, Le Masque
A Cura Di P.Jay, Musèe N.Niepce, Chalon-Sur.Saone, France, 1983

Pose Teatrali, Scritture Fotografiche
A Cura Di G.Bonini, Galleria Deposito Figure, Pesaro,Italia,1984

Le Geste,La Mimique, Le Masque
A Cura Dell’istituto Italiano Di Cultura Di Strasburgo, Fnac, Strasburgo, France, 1985

The Body In Its Field
Acura Di T.E.Wood, Lincoln Center Public Library, New York,Usa, 1985

Festival Regionale Dell’avanti Reggio E.-Modena
A Cura Di G.Soliani, 1985

A Cura Di M.Mussini, Galleria Phy, Trieste, Italia, 1986

A Cura Di M.Mussini,Castelbolognese, Italia, 1986

A Cura Di M.Mussini,Galleria Fotografica Del Palazzo Dei Diamanti, Ferrara, Italia, 1986

Masques,Visages Et Gestes
A L’occasion De « 10 Jours De Photographie,Laval,Canada »,1987

Masques, Visages Et Gestes
Istituto Italiano Di Cultura, Montreal, Canada, 1987

Kasvo, Naamiojaele
A Cura Di P.Koski, Museo Del Teatro Nazionale Finlandese, Helsinki, Finland, 1988

Un Teatro Della Memoria
A Cura Di M.Mussini, Centro Arte Cultura “Il Punto” Dozza, Bologna, Italia, 1988

Le Corps En Scene
A Cura Di Massimo Mussini, Laon, France, 1989

Un Teatro Della Memoria
A Cura Di Aaron Scharf, Casa Cini, Ferrara, 1989

Aosta Metafisica E Altri Luoghi
A Cura Di E.H.Gombrich, Torre Dei Signori, Aosta, Italia,
In Torino Fotografia/Biennale Internazionale,1989

Il Corspo In Scena
A Cura Di Camera Works, Parma, Italia, 1990

Dance Et Architecture
A Cura Del Centre De La Photographie,Geneve, Suisse,1990

A Cura Di M.Moutashar E A.Charron, Rencontres Internationales De La Photographie, Arles, France, 1991

Dance Et Architecture
Galerie 3.14, Laon, France, 1991

L’idea Metafisica
A Cura Di Aaron Scharf E Della Fototeca Della Biblioteca Panizzi, Reggio E.,1992

Dance Et Architecture
A Cura Di N.Emprin Et R.Pujade, Galerie Suzel Berna, Paris, France,1992

Mon Italie
A Cura Di M.Fortini, Bastia, Corsica, Francia, 1992

Presenze Metafisiche
A Cura Di M.Scurria E G.Chiti, Compagnia Dei Fotografi, Milano, Italia, 1992

A Cura Di A.Castellani, Sorbolo, Italia, 1992

Fotographies Percours De L’art Italienne A Nice
A Cura De La Galerie Itineraires, Nice, France, 1993

Il Corpo E Il Velo,
Galleria Marmiroli, Reggio Emilia, 1993

A Cura Di S.Dieudonné Et M.Moutashar, Galerie De La Photographie Du Hall Du Livre, Nancy, 1993

L’idee Metaphisique
A Cura Di S.Negre, Musèe A.Batut, Labrughière, France, 1993

Du Bromoumure A L’inox
A Cura Di C.Cousin, Musèe D’art Et D’histroire, Belfort, France, 1995

L’histoire Gardee
A Cura Di C.Philip, Musèe De La Ville D’orange, Orange, France, 1995

A Cura Di C.Guarda, Spazio”Fotografica”, Tenero, Suisse, 1995
A Cura Di M.Dall’acqua E J,Babelon, Comune Di Cavriago Et .C.Terzocchio, Cavriago, 1996

Il Segreto Delle Citta
A Cura Di E.H.Gombrich, Sala Dei Giganti, Gualtieri, 1996

Le Jardin Du Roi
A Cura De La Municipalitè De Mougins, Musée De La Photographie, Mougins, France, 1997

Noir Lumiere
A Cura Di C.Breton, J.Arrouye Et Musée De Salon Et De La Crau,Salon De Provence, France 1998

Il Giardino Del Re
A Cura Di C.Argentiero, Villa Pomini, Castellana, Italia, 1999

A Cura Dell’institut Culturel Français D’athenes, Mostra It: Atene, Argo,Creta,Grecia, 1999

Acura Dell’alliance Française Di Szeged, Mostra Itinerante: Szeged, Miskolc, Debrecen, Gyor, Pecs, Ungheria, 1999/2000

Errances Mediterraneennes: Lapis Romae
Theatre De La Photographie Et De L’image, Nice Musèes, France, 2000

La Profezia Di Apollo
A Cura Di Dario Giugliano, Ma Associazione Culturale, Napoli, 2000

Noir Lumiere
Encontros Da Imagem, Braga, Portogallo, 2002

Tra Memoria E Realta A Cura Di J.P.Salomon, Tourcoing, France, 2002

Piranese / Ascolini
A Cura Di Jeanine Barrier, Itinerante: Bayonne, Cognac, Nimes Musée Beaux Arts, 2002

Evocazioni Con Rovine
Biennale Internazionale Di Fotografia, Thessaloniki, Grecia, 2003

Une Incertaine Folie
A Cura Di Olivier Spillibutt, In Transphotographiques, Lille, France, 2003

Il Segreto Della Citta,Mantova A Cura Di Amedeo Palazzi,Mantova,2003

Il Corpo,Il Volto E La Maschera,
Festival Dello Spettacolo, A Cura Di Cosimo Chiarelli E Massimo Agus, Catalogo Collettivo, S. Miniato,Pisa,2004

Visioni Italiane, Ist.Ital.Cultura A Cura Di Angelo Gioè, Il Cairo,Egitto,2004

Saint-Cloud, La Raison Des Ombres.
A Cura Di Monum Et Severine Drigeard, St.Cloud, Paris, 2004

Ascolini Vasco,Antrologica,
A Cura Ist. Ital .Cultura E Ministero Della Cultura Egiziano, Catalogo E Mostra A Cura Di Angelo Gioè, Palazzo Delle Arti,Galleria Dell’opera, Il Cairo,2004

Visioni Italiane, Ist.Ital.Cult.Il Cairo, A Cura Di Angelo Gioè, Festival De La Mediterranée,
Ecum De Marseille, Alessandria D’egitto, 2004.

Vasco Ascolini, Retrospective, Université De Lyon, Villaurbanne, A Cura Di Pascal Michalon E Noel Podevigne, Lyon,2004

La Suprematie Du Noir, Galleria Essaadi, Tunisi A Cura Istituto Italiano Di Cultura, Testo Di
Ridha Bouguerra,Tunis, Tunisine, 2004

Bestiaire Fantastique, 40 Photographies Uniques – Galerie Vrais Rêves – Lyon (F) – 2007

En Toute Complicite - Galerie Vrais Rêves - Lyon (F) - 2007

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