"La Sapienza Fotografata", an exhibition on the largest faculty in Europe

This exhibition was set up on the occasion of the Night of the Museums, but everyone will be able visit it until 24 September. “La Sapienza Fotografata” is the exhibition that traces the history of La Sapienza, the largest university faculty in Europe.

A troubled history

This exhibitions’ inauguration took place on May 14, on the occasion of the Night of the Museums, the event that allows museums to stay open all night. However, everyone will be able to visit it until 24 September in the Laboratory Museum of Contemporary Art of the La Sapienza University, retracing the history of this great faculty.

La Sapienza Fotografata” is in fact a photographic exhibition totally dedicated to La Sapienza, the largest university in Europe. It is a fascinating journey that, through photos, tells the story of this important university, starting from its inauguration and taking us to the present.

La Sapienza has a rather eventful story. The university was born in 1935, one of the most turbulent periods in the history of the 1900’s, marked by fascism and the aftermath of the war. La Sapienza then experienced the periods of the bombings of Rome, the student uprisings, and protests that took place for the freedom of the Panthers.

Over the years, it has undergone many transformations, one of the main reasons for which the exhibition was born: to show the differences between past and present, comparing them through an incredible photographic journey.

An exciting comparison between present and past

“La Sapienza Fotografata” is an exhibition that can be divided into two sections, which tell the story of the university faculty from 1935 to today.

A first part of the exhibition contains photos from 1985. That year, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the university, some photographers were called upon to photograph the school with the aim of best representing La Sapienza.

The second section of “La Sapienza Fotografata” illustrates La Sapienza in recent years. Seven people from seven different generations were selected and each of them represented the university as they preferred.

There are those who have chosen to immortalize its structure, its tools, but also those who have wanted to photograph people. Some of the younger selected individuals wanted to emphasize the comparison between the students of the past and those of the present, who have been marked by the pandemic. Then there was someone who chose to depict the people who work at La Sapienza, such as teachers and porters.

The final result is therefore a truly fascinating journey, capable of provoking various emotions, but above all, some room for thought and reflection on what the past was and what the present is.

A truly welcoming structure

Hosting the exhibition is the Laboratory Museum of Contemporary Art, located in the heart of the University City, inside the Palazzo del Rettorato.

It is a space designed to accommodate major events. It is also a truly fascinating and evocative place, which also houses a large atrium and a terrace. These are magnificent meeting points for the university, perfect for hosting exhibitions or cultural initiatives of various kinds.