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The exhibition

Steve McCurry is one of the greatest masters of contemporary photography and a reference for a vast audience. Young people, especially, find in his photos a way of looking at our time.

"Steve McCurry - Icons" is an exhibition that collects more than 100 shots, perhaps the best of the photographer's vast production. It offers to the visitors a symbolic trip into the complex world of experiences and emotions that McCurry’s images stand for: his journeys to India, and then to Afghanistan, the native country of Sharbat Gula, the girl who became an absolute icon of world photography, the girl McCurry met and photographed in a camp in Peshawar, Afghanistan, many years ago.

With his photos, Steve McCurry puts us in direct contact with the most remote ethnic groups and the most diverse social scenarios, underlining a human condition made by universal feelings and glances proudly affirming the same dignity. Looking at his pictures the visitors can cross borders and closely know a world destined to great changes. Indeed, the exhibition starts with an extraordinary series of portraits and develops among images of war and poetry, of suffering and joy, of wonder and irony.

The venue

The Visconti’s Castle Stables project has been conceived by ViDi in collaboration with Pavia City Council in order to enhance and renew the exhibit area with a high pro le cultural identity. Thanks to that, Pavia becomes a new “cultural hub” characterized by various offers of prestigious cultural events. The Stables, thanks to these winning and innovative proposals and a lucky setting in the beautiful context of the Visconti Castle of Pavia, have become a valued and exible open space, suitable for several events: from great exhibitions dedicated to the most important artists of the past centuries to the more innovative ones, from conferences to special events.

Since their opening and willing to improve in the next years, Stables of the Visconti Castle have become one of the most appreciated venue in northern Italy for exhibitions on modern and contemporary art by offering innovative and prestigious art events.

The Stables are now a location for modern and contemporary art exhibition projects, created to offer to the visitors a rich program of events. The aim is to open an interactive dialogue with international institutions in order to cooperate, promote great shows in a suitable and very suggestive venue in northern Italy.

Since 2008 many events have been appreciated by thousands of visitors thanks to crowd-pulling exhibitions dedicated to important artists as Rembrandt, Hayez, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir, Chagall, Matisse, De Chirico.


Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic figures in contemporary photography for more than thirty years. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, McCurry studied cinematography at Pennsylvania State University, before going on to work for a newspaper. After two years, McCurry made his first of what would become many trips to India. Traveling with little more than a bag of clothes and film, he made his way across the subcontinent, exploring the country with his camera.

It was after several months of travel that he crossed the border into Pakistan. In a small village he met a group of refugees from Afghanistan, who smuggled him across the border into their country, just as the Russian invasion was closing the country to Western journalists. Emerging in traditional dress, with full beard and weather-worn features after months embedded with the Mujahideen, McCurry made his way over the Pakistan border with his film sewn into his clothes. McCurry's images were among the first to show the world the brutality of the Russian invasion.

Since then, McCurry has gone on to create unforgettable images over six continents and numerous countries. His body of work spans conflicts, vanishing cultures, ancient traditions and contemporary culture alike - yet always retains the human element that made his celebrated image of the Afghan Girl such a powerful image.

McCurry has been recognized with some of the most prestigious awards including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, National Press Photographers Award, and an unprecedented four first prize awards from the World Press Photo contest amongst dozens of others.


Steve McCurry. Icons

Dates: From February 3rd to June 3rd, 2018 (EXTENDED TO 1st JULY 2018)

Location: Scuderie del Castello Visconteo - Viale XI Febbraio 35, Pavia

Timetables: From Tuesday to Friday: 10 am – 1 pm / 2 pm – 6 pm
Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 10 am – 8 pm
Ticket office closes one hour before

Tickets (audioguide included):
Full price 12,00 euro
Reduced 10,00 euro (visitors over 65, children from 13 to 18 years old, groups min. 15 max. 30 people)
Special reduced for students of University of Pavia 9,00 euro
Reduced for children 5,00 euro (from 7 to 12 years old)
School groups 5,00 euro per student
Free entrance: Musei Lombardia Milano season ticket holders, journalists showing a valid Press Card with the stamp of the current year, one tour leader per group of adults, two teachers per school group, children under 6 years old, disabled visitors with a handicap grade over 74% showing proper certification, one caretaker per disabled person (only if not self-sufficient)

Information and reservation::
Phone: 02 36638600
Mail: info@scuderiepavia.com
Web: www.scuderiepavia.com



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