Some artists are inspired by the street, the mountains, nature or build their universe in their own studio. Philippe Antonello has succeeded in making his passion, cinema, his playground, his own landscape. For almost thirty years, from Switzerland to Italy and now in the United States, the cinema set has become for Antonello, his muse, his inspiration, the breath of his art. And as if in a game of infinite mirrors, the artist-photographer, by taking inspiration from another art, has succeeded, from film to film, through his glances, his snapshots of fiction, behind the story of others, in writing his own story, his own cinema. Yes, behind the scenes, in BTS, Philippe Antonello transcends film sets into works of art in their own right.
Both retrospective and contemporary, the exhibition presents, in a series of prints, Philippe Antonello's atypical and extraordinary journey from Geneva to New York.
Curator of the exhibition
Philippe Antonello was born and raised in Geneva where he completed his schooling and obtained his Matura in 1987. After a few months in Paris and London, he returned to Geneva and enrolled at the University where he studied art history, English and photography at the Fine Arts School, while working as an assistant to the photographer Suzanne Farkas. 1989 was a pivotal year for him: he passed the entrance exam to the Vevey School of Photography and was offered a job as a photographer with Télévision Suisse Romande. He preferred a third option: the IED - Institute of European Design in Milan, which he attended for two years.
He began working as a set photographer, both in Italy (for the Swiss-Italian Silvio Soldini) and in Switzerland (notably for Alain Tanner). In Rome and abroad, he had the opportunity to work with great names of the 7th art, such as Nanni Moretti, Mel Gibson, Giuseppe Tornatore, Ridley Scott, Wes Anderson, Woody Allen, Danny Boyle, and recently George Clooney and Amy Sherman-Palladino. In parallel, he continues his artistic career and exhibits in various galleries.
In 2010, he shared his experience with the photographer Stefano C. Montesi and together (Antonello&Montesi), they started a double journey exploring the world of 3D photography while developing the art of portraiture and cinema posters.
As with every exhibition, the foundation organises events such as brunches, conferences and screenings. All events will be online by June 11th.
The Fellini Foundation is taking all the necessary measures to fight against the virus by protecting its employees and visitors. As the situation may change rapidly, we will be attentive to any directives that may affect the organisation of this opening.