An exhibition dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the flood
For the 50th anniversary, Palazzo Blu remembers the flood of 1966 in Pisa through arhicval photos by Luciano Frassi. A Pisan photo-reporter active for more than half a century, during the days of the flood, Frassi took hundreds and hundreds of photos—not just in Pisa, but also in Pontedera, Santa Cfroce and Castelfranco.
The exhibition offers a wide-ranging “window” on the memory of the flood and retraces how the city was invaded by mud, as well as the crumbling of the Ponte Solferino, and how the Lungarno Pacinotti slid into the Arno in a matter of days. It also looks at how Pontedera, where the Piaggio vehicle manufacturing group, overtaken by mud, was forced to suspend production for a month. Finally, there’s a look at the great disaster in the leather area.
Also part of the exhibition are some rare amateur films, as well as others collected by Lorenzo Garzella for Acquario della Memoria, with contribution from the Fondazione Sistema Toscana, Toscana Energia and Saint-Gobain Glass Italia.
The exhibition was curated by the journalist Giuseppe Meucci, who was a witness who chronicled many of these events, and by the art historian Stefano Renzoni.