“Building bridges spanning millennia, continents and civilizations, and reaching human beings who might seem to be inevitably cut off from us because of their different languages, forms of writing, laws, customs and beliefs, only to discover that they are in fact very similar to us, almost like brothers – this is utmost pleasure.”
These words by writer, photographer, pilgrim-traveller and ethnologist Fosco Maraini sum up the idea of National Geographic more than anything else for curator Guglielmo Pepe: “For while it is true that the Society has offered millions of people the chance to discover the world in its vastness, I believe that the most significant contribution it has made concerns the opportunity to acquire direct knowledge of all the living creatures of the Earth – starting from its peoples. Through this magazine – one of a kind, actually encompassing a host of different magazines within itself – I have made contact with women, children and elderly people from a range of different places. I have grown acquainted with histories, cultures and ways of living – and surviving – by reading wonderful reports and gazing at extraordinary photographs.”
National Geographic is not only a photography magazine, but articles by scholars, researchers, and journalists transmit captivating cultural, scientific, humanistic, and environmental stories from around the globe. The exhibition, La Grande Avventura seeks to convey the essence of National Geographic in an exhibition of 125 photos, exhibit panels, covers from the magazine, television screens, and touch-screens enabling visitors to embark on a journey which has touched all continents after it began in Washington 125 years ago. A historical catalog of texts and images captured throughout the years, the exhibition gives a narrative of life on our planet.
National Geographic – 125 Years: The Great Adventure
Through July 13, 2014
Palazzo delle Esposizioni
Via Nazionale, 194, Rome – ITALY
T 06 39967500
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday, Saturday: 10:00 am – 10:30 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Last admission one hour before the closing time
Full price € 12, reduced price € 9.50 schools € 4.
Tickets allow to visit all the ongoing exhibitions at Palazzo delle Esposizioni. The reserved price for schools is for students from Tuesday to Friday (excluding public holidays) – minimum 10 maximum 25 students. For groups and school reservation is mandatory.