Hollywood Icons

From July 15 through october 9, 2016

The ticket is valid to visit both exhibitions in the main body of Villa Manin:
Hollywood Icons - Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation & ERSATZ LIGHTS case study #1 east west di Olivo Barbieri


First floor of Villa Manin (Passariano di Codroipo)
  • Full ticket 10€
  • Reduced ticket 8€
  • Groups 6€ (MAX 15 persons)
  • Free admission: children under the age of 6, Persons accompanying disabled visitors, accredited journalists at e-mail:

For further inquiries and reservations please visit Info Biglietti

Tuesday to sunday:
10.00 - 19.00

Special opening:
Monday 15th of august


0415904 893
0415904 234
  • Guided tours for groups 60,00 € (MAX 25 persons, circa 1 hour long) on reservation
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  • Guided tours for schools 7 € (MAX 25 persons, circa 1 hour long)



Photographs from the John Kobal Foundations

From 15th July through october 9th 2016


The catalogue of the exhibition Hollywood Icons é will be on sale at our bookshop

Hollywood Icons provides a rich survey of the great stars of the classic era of Hollywood movies and the photographers responsible for creating their glittering images. In the galleries ahead you will encounter the biggest names in motion picture history beginning with silent legends Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford, continuing with brilliant performers of the early talkie era such as Marlene Dietrich and Cary Grant, and concluding with the post war giants like Marlon Brando, Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. By the early 1920s filmmaking as an industry had coalesced in and around Los Angeles. Although great films continued to be made from Stockholm to Tokyo, nothing could match the enormous output or vigor of the Hollywood studios. Performers, directors and technicians flocked to California to seek fame or fortune, or sometimes both. Garbo came from Sweden, Dietrich from Germany, Hedy Lamarr from Austria, Chaplin and Cary Grant hailed from England, but it was Hollywood that catapulted each of them to international fame.

Motion picture history is usually written from the point of view of actors or directors with little attention given to the gigantic enterprise that makes motion pictures possible. Hollywood Icons presents the largely unheralded portrait and still photographers who worked quietly behind the scenes but whose glamorous photographs were critical to the creation of stars and promotion of the movies. The millions upon millions of images distributed by Hollywood studios throughout the golden age were all the work of camera artists working quickly, efficiently and sometimes brilliantly to promote Hollywood style worldwide.

No one understood the importance of this critical body of Hollywood material better than John Kobal. Starting out as a film enthusiast, he later became a journalist, then a writer and finally, before his early death in 1991 at 51 years old, he was acknowledged as among the pre-eminent film historians. His book, The Art of the Great Hollywood Photographers, remains a cornerstone of film research. The photographs in this exhibition were all collected by John Kobal and are presented here to bring alive again the lost world of classic Hollywood.