Pier Paolo Pasolini

Drawings 1941-1975


Mainly known for his cinematic work, Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975) was also a skilled drawer. In 1986, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter presented a selection of his drawings made between 1941 and 1975.⁠


In a collaboration with The Italian Cultural Institute in Oslo, all of November 1986 was marked by several Pasolini events in and around Oslo. The Norwegian Film Institute screened all of his films cronologically, except Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, which was prohibited in Norway until 2003.

At Høvikodden several other events were hosted. Among them, a staged reenactment of an interview between Pasolini and a female journalist was performed by the Norwegian actors Sossen Krohg and Svein Tindberg.

"Making cinema is like writing on burning paper" - a quote by Pasolini, fitting for the 50+ works presented at Henie Onstad.

Although, what seemed to characterize Pasolini's drawings to a greater extent than his other work - his writings, films and contributions to the political debate - was a greater calm and a certain contemplative harmony.

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