From 21 June to 6 September 2023, an extensive retrospective of the photographic work of Mario Dondero (Milan, 1928 - Petritoli, 2015) is being shown for the first time in Milan, in the Appartamento dei Principi of Palazzo Reale. The exhibition, curated by Raffaella Perna, is realised under the patronage of the Municipality of Milan, in collaboration with the Fototeca provinciale di Fermo Archivio Mario Dondero and Mario Dondero's heirs.

Mario Dondero is one of the main actors of Italian photography in the second half of the 20th century and a leading photojournalist on the international scene. The anthological exhibition aims to offer a comprehensive look at Dondero's photography through a selection of around one hundred images of reportage and photo reportages taken throughout his long career.

The exhibition is conceived as a narrative winding along many stages. Each of the ten rooms is in fact designed as a micro-exhibition: from the photographs of the first trips to Portugal in the 1950s, exhibited in the first room, through the shots taken in Paris and Milan, in Africa and Cuba, Afghanistan and London, up to the conclusion of the exhibition with his photographs taken in Kabul in the 2000s.

Artists, actors, famous and lesser-known people: from Maria Callas to Charlie Chaplin, Ungaretti and Samuel Beckett, Goffredo Parise, but also the peasants of the Lodi area and the waitresses of a restaurant in England... Together with many of the photographer's most iconic shots, the exhibition presents to the public several previously unpublished photographs from the Archivio Dondero, including some portraits of Pier Paolo Pasolini and Laura Betti - never exhibited before.


Palazzo Reale, Milan | Appartamento dei Principi
21 June - 6 September 2023
Free Admission

Tuesday - Sunday | 12.00 - 19.30
Thursday | 12.00 - 22.30
Closed on Monday

Last entrance 30 minutes before closing time

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