20th century Paris and the world collection of Kodak machines on display for the first time in the Marche

Mysterious, magical and unique. With its buildings, boulevards, rare views and the incomparable crossroads of stories and cultures that mingle over time and give the feeling of being in a suspended space that is at the same time everything and nothing. Hosts of artists from every time and place have been inspired by her. Picasso, Utrillo, Valadon, Modigliani, Hemingway, Apollinaire, Coctau, Man Ray, Gertrude Stein ….. Only in the fabulous Paris of the early twentieth century was it possible to meet such a diversity of geniuses. Even though it was easier to find them at the tables in a bistro than in their studios. Because these artists, in addition to talent, were animated by an overwhelming vitality, masterfully nurtured by this same city. Here on the banks of the Seine they drank of the source of life and freedom, full of wine and beautiful ladies, who between Montmartre and Montparnasse attracted them together with the dream of fame and glory. And the exhibition entitled “The Paris of the 1900s” is dedicated to Belle Epoques Paris.

The first in the Marche, which from today until next July 31 will animate the former church of Santa Caterina in Potenza. The exhibition, in collaboration with the Montesanto Cultural Association of President Enzo Romagnoli, is organized by Map Communication together with the Anton Mario Filippetti Foundation and is sponsored by the Rotary of Civitanova Marche and by the municipality of Potenza Picena. inside one of the two collections in the world where Kodak vintage cameras are on display (the other is Toronto), and was created thanks to Enzo Romagnoli’s meticulous work and passion. The exhibition aims to be a historical photographic collection that presents Bella Epoques Paris in an unprecedented way. Trace its history quickly and carefully, especially in terms of its modernity. In fact, at the end of the 19th century, Paris began a race against modernity that would never end. Electricity, modern means of transport and new forms of entertainment made the French capital an emblem of the happy era that Europe lived before 1914. In 1900, the underground opened up to the public, revolutionizing public transport. Pictured, the current entrance to the Pont Neuf metro, in front of the La Samaritaine shopping center, was inaugurated in 1869. As the city grew and became populated, the need to improve and intensify transportation grew. It was progress that made it possible to meet such a need.

The electricity used to illuminate the streets was used for means of transport: the first electric tram was inaugurated in 1898. Taxis began to run around Paris in 1905, and from 417 in 1906 it reached 7 thousand in 1914; the working class had to make do with motorized omnibuses, which began circulating in 1906. Part of the Parisians greeted these new means of transport with apprehension and were nevertheless also concerned about the effects on people of the “high speed of cars”, fearing being run over or coming next to an accident. In the twilight of the Belle Époque, Paris was still a city on wheels: the horse-drawn omnibus completed its last ride in 1913, the same year the garbage service began using vans. But there was one medium in particular that aroused illusion, fear and confusion: the underground, the subway. If many Parisians took advantage of their free time to get out of the city, more and more foreigners came to visit it. The universal exhibitions became the main attraction in Paris: 23 million people attended it in 1889, when the Eiffel Tower was opened to the public, and 48 million in the exhibition in 1900. The exhibition and the other hotels such as the Ritz and train stations were expanded. Paris expanded its fame as a tourist destination. The exhibition is part of the celebration of the Anton Mario Filippetti Foundation itself, which is the 70th anniversary of its birth. From Ex Opera Pia to Foundation, but with the spirit that has always excelled it thanks to its benefactors and it is to go to support the territory and also to support the less fortunate to the school section. The event is held in context and within one of the two collections in the world where vintage Kodak cameras are on display, thanks to Enzo Romagnoli’s careful work and passion. In addition, one can also admire the restored triptych by Paolo Bontulli da Percanestro from 1507.

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