Ettore Sottsass – CATANIA MIA!


Ettore Sottsass

111 photographs, in black and white and color, almost all unpublished, taken in Catania in the nineties, tell the story of photographer Ettore Sottsass, one of the even lesser known and investigated aspects of the great Italian architect and designer.
Ettore Sottsass' CATANIA MIA! exhibition will be presented at the "Castello Ursino" Civic Museum in Catania from 21 November 2022 to 21 May 2023, curated by Barbara Radice with Iskra Grisogono and the artistic direction of Christoph Radl.

The exhibition, which will be inaugurated on Sunday 20 November at 11.00, is promoted and produced by the OELLE Foundation Mediterraneo Antico in collaboration with the Ettore Sottsass studio and in partnership with the Department of tourism, sport and entertainment of the Municipality of Catania.

The exhibition itinerary, conceived and created for the open space of the Castello Ursino in Catania, includes 111 photographs, in black and white and colour, almost all unpublished, taken by Ettore Sottsass (Innsbruck, 1917-Milan, 2007) in the 90s Catania, a city for which he has always had interest and affection.

The photographs on display tell a vital Catania: the Baroque, the fish market, the streets, the scenes of daily life like frames of a history of the city.

Ettore Sottsass could be defined as a "photojournalist of life". He started taking pictures when he was a boy and hasn't stopped since. "I was horribly curious," he said. Photographing was a way of "stopping" life as well as a means of documenting it.

Thanks to Studio Sottsass in Milan, the Sottsass Fund of the Center George Pompidou in Paris and the Bibliothèque Kandinsky for the high definitions of the negatives they keep for their collaboration.

Attention! The entrance ticket must be purchased in combination with the Castello Ursino Museum + Ettore Sottosass CATANIA MIA!

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Guided tours available soon

Installation view

Opening Time

from November 21, 2022 to May 21, 2023

Open every day

from 9.30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (the ticket office closes at 6 p.m.)
Paid entrance:

Museum "Castello Ursino" + exhibition "CATANIA MIA!" full price €10.00 - reduced ticket €6.00 - schools €2.00

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Exhibition space

Open Space
Museum Castello Ursino


Fondazione OELLE Mediterraneo Antico