Ciao Italia! A century of Italian immigration and cultures in France (1860-1960)
Between February 2018 and February 2023, the Musée National de l’Histoire de l’Immigration is offering a travelling version of the exhibition Ciao Italia!, distributed by the Museum but also by its partners in France and worldwide.
Until February 2023, the Musée National de l’Histoire de l’Immigration will be presenting a travelling version of the exhibition Ciao Italia!, distributed by the Museum but also by its partners in France and worldwide.
Ciao Italia! spotlights the contributions made by Italian immigration to French society and culture. Covering religion, the press, education, the arts, music, cinema, games and sport, not to mention gastronomy, it reveals the many Italians – workers, miners, masons, farmers, craftsmen, artists and entrepreneurs – who have helped make France since the second half of the 19th century.
The exhibition starts with a chronological approach and a reminder of the key periods of Italian immigration in France:
- 1860-1870 A nation of migrants
- 1880-1910 Violence and passion
- 1920-1940 In the shadow of Fascism
- 1950-1960 Dolce Vita
Next it takes a theme-based approach:
- Where do they come from?
- Where do they find themselves?
- What do they do?
- What do they leave us?
Objectives of Ciao Italia! A century of Italian immigration and cultures in France (1860-1960)
- A reminder of the diversity of migration paths taken by Italians and a tribute to their contributions to France.
- Tracing the regions they left behind in Italy and the places they settled in France. A look at the places where they socialised and sought entertainment, the various sports played and their worshipping habits.
- Describing the different economic activity sectors that the Italians worked in, thus contributing to the construction of France (trade, agriculture, building, industry…), not forgetting the professional sectors in which Italian women worked (perfume, textile, domestic work, artists’ models…).
- Highlighting the contribution Italian immigration made to French society until 1960 through traces of Italianness in the French language, music or gastronomy and their contributions after 1960.
The exhibition is designed to be presented in multimedia libraries, academic establishments, cultural or social facilities run by regional authorities and non-profits. A set of education resources and mediation and communications tools are available to assist with organising the exhibition.
- 16 kakemonos (85 x 200 cm) (roll-up format for loans in the Paris region)
- Available in 2 languages: French and Italian
In the Paris region
Mobile exhibitions are distributed by the Musée National de l’Histoire de l’Immigration and by several of its distribution partners.
Several of these exhibitions are reserved for players in the Seine-Saint-Denis department, thanks to the support of the CD93, partner of the Museum since 2011.
In the region or abroad
Present across the entire country and abroad, our partners can make their copies of mobile exhibitions available. Find them on our map of travelling exhibitions on the history and memory of immigration in France.
Please email all requests for loans to:
firstname.lastname@example.org / +33 (0)1 53 59 64 01