06 September 2019 - 20 September 2019
ore: 9:00 - 20:00


Centro storico Pisa
centro, piazze e luoghi limitrofi
56100 Pisa

The 1950s in Europe were a decade of transition and (re-)construction, modernisation and change. This change was fundamental and reached all Europeans who longed for the normality of everyday life after decades of war with new designs, new consumer products, new media, music and fashion. Glamour, “sweet home” and prosperity: the well-known stereotypes that characterized the myth of an iconic age.

The exhibition is hosted at Palazzo Lanfranchi, Lungarno Galilei 9

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Opening times: 9.00 am – 8.00 pm

Info: 050 2216060

Exhibition, “Blu Skies, Red Panic – the 50s in Europe” | Graphic Museum, Pisa

But this is just one side of the coin. This era was shaped by contradictions: many in Europe still suffered from the consequences of the Second World War: hunger, poverty, lack of housing and displacement. The formation of interstate relations, which on the one hand led to rapprochement and cooperation between formerly hostile nations, but on the other hand was determined by hegemonic foreign policy and domestic repression, strengthened the already existing division of Europe into East and West and intensified Cold War tensions to the brink of a nuclear conflict.



The narratives that emerge from the black-and-white images are far from rendering simplified pictures of the past. Quite the contrary, many different facets and nuances, differences and similarities become visible. With a kaleidoscope of visual impressions, the exhibition aims to evoke memories that are familiar to us or invite us to a completely new discovery. Looking back on the iconic era of the 1950s in Europe, the exhibition offers a photographic retrospective, without falling into mere nostalgia, and promotes a critical understanding of the creation of the European Union in which we live today.