Elliot Erwitt. Photographs

20 OCT 2022 – 22 JAN 2023
Villa Bardini, Firenze


The exhibition celebrates the work of master photographer Elliot Erwitt who turns 94 this year. Promoted by the Fondazione CR Firenze and the Fondazione Parchi Monumentali Bardini e Peyron, curated by Biba Giacchetti, in conjunction with Sudest57

Photographs offering a penetrating insight into the history and daily life of the 20th century through portraits of the world’s great movie stars and powerful leaders, transcending the personalities themselves to reveal their intimate side, their humanity.

Over 70 photographs chosen by the curator and by Erwitt himself use his ironic touch to recount the history and daily life of the 20th century

The exhibition hosts his famous portraits of Che Guevara smiling, of Jack Kerouac and Marlene Dietrich, along with photographs that have made history such as Jackie Kennedy at husband’s funeral after his brutal assassination, or the argument between the two Presidents Nixon and Kruschev, in which Nixon’s pointing finger makes him look almost threatening, thus altering the observer’s perception of him.

Nel percorso espositivo anche le foto dei suoi amati cani, metafora del genere umano a cui Erwitt ha dedicato numerosi libri, e un portfolio di immagini dedicate all’amore, fra queste il bacio di due innamorati riflessi nello specchietto dell’auto al tramonto, rimasta a lungo nel suo archivio e riscoperta in tempi recenti. Ci sono poi foto private, come quella alla sua primogenita Ellen, ancora neonata osservata nel letto dalla madre, e gli autoritratti di Erwitt segno distintivo della sua grande autoironia.

The exhibition also hosts photographs of Erwitt’s beloved dogs, a metaphor of mankind to which he has devoted numerous books, and a portfolio of images devoted to love, including two lovers kissing reflected in the wing mirror of a car at sunset, an image that remained hidden in his personal archive before being rediscovered only recently. And then there are his private photos, for instance the photograph of his firstborn daughter Ellen as a newborn baby on her mother’s bed, and his self-portraits, a distinctive mark of his unparalleled ability to poke fun at himself.


The man behind the photographs

Elliot Erwitt, who turned 94 in July this year, is acknowledged as one of the greatest photographers of all time. Erwitt’s books, newspaper articles, illustrations and advertising campaigns have appeared in publications all over the world for over forty years.

Mostra Elliot Erwitt Villa Bardini

Information, opening time and admission

La mostra “Photographs di Elliot Erwitt” è aperta dal 20 ottobre 2022 al 22 gennaio 2023, nelle sale di Villa Bardini, a Firenze.

Opening times

Tuesday to Sunday (closed Monday)
10.00 am to  7.00 pm

Last tickets sold at 6.00 pm

Special opening on 31 October, 26 December, 1 and 2 January.

Prices *

10 € full
5 € concession
Villa Bardini, Costa San Giorgio, 2-4 Firenze FI
Information and admission
Call center Firenze Musei +39 055 294883

* Concessions: € 5.00 for:

  • EU citizens aged 18 to 24;
  • groups of more than 10 people;
  • Touring Club Italiano, FAI, Toscana Aeroporti staff, Coop Members
  • Società S. Giovanni Battista Members

* Free: 

  • visitors up to the age of 17;
  • tour guides;
  • journalists with ID;
  • handicapped visitors and their carers;
  • holders of the Firenze Card;

Please bear in mind that all ID must be valid in order to benefit from any of the above concessions.

Reservations are required for (school and other) groups. Please phone the Firenze Musei call centre on  (+39) 055/294883