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The most provoca­tive fig­ure of post-war Italy is not a ti­tle much dis­puted: it goes to Pier Paolo Pa­solini, the “po­etic ne­o­re­al­ist” writer, filmmaker, and in­tel­lec­tual who chal­lenged con­ven­tion in his un­apolo­getic ex­plo­ration of themes like sex­u­al­ity, fate, reli­gion, and death. This month, the Martin- Gropius-Bau (p. 44) ex­am­ines his life, in­flu­ences, and work through the lens of his am­biva­lent yet pas­sion­ate re­la­tion­ship to the Ital­ian cap­i­tal. Pa­solini Roma ap­proaches the con­tro­ver­sial post­mod­ernist from a mul­ti­fac­eted per­spec­tive fit­ting for an artist who es­chewed bound­aries so pub­licly: it in­cludes orig­i­nal manuscripts, ar­ti­cles, poems, letters, pro­jec­tions of his films and in­ter­views, pho­tos, maps, and ephemera, as well as paint­ings and painters im­por­tant to both the artist and his body of work – most would say the two are in­ex­tri­ca­ble. Opens 11 Septem­ber.

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