The exhibition

More than 100 works by Man Ray on display at the Castle of Conversano from July 15 to November 19, 2017.

The cultural association Artes for several years has promoted initiatives of considerable cultural value in the territory of the province of Bari, including Il Libro Possibile Festival. In addition, through the section dedicated to its activities entitled lArte Possibile, it organizes, in collaboration with the Municipal Administration of Conversano, the Fondazione Marconi '65 in Milan and the Man Ray Trust, an exhibition by the famous Man Ray artist, consisting of photographs, drawings, watercolors, silkscreen prints, lithographs, objects and a sculpture. Vincenzo de Bellis curatorial consultancy with Eugenia Spadaro.

Man Ray
L'uomo infinito

Man Ray

Man Ray, born Emmanuel Rudzitsky, was born in Philadelphia on August 27, 1890. He grew up in New York, where he completed his studies and began working as a designer and graphic designer, signing his works under the pseudonym Man Ray, a ray man. In 1915 he became acquainted with Marcel Duchamp, who became his great friend, inspired his art and with which he founded the American branch of the Dada movement, destined to never succeed in the Big Apple. To the first works of Cubist inspiration it follows the testing of various techniques (collage, sculptures and assemblages, airbrush painting, photograph). In 1921 he moved to Paris with Duchamp, where he began to dedicate himself to photographs of portraits of famous characters such as James Joyce, Jean Cocteau, producing his first "rayographs": photographic images obtained by placing objects on sensitive paper. In 1924, Man Ray became the first surrealist photographer and from here his photographic art became more and more popular and increasingly sought after. In 1941 he moved to Los Angeles where he remained until 1951, and then returned to Paris, where he died on November 18, 1976, leaving a long artistic heritage.

The exhibition path

Man Ray can be considered a 360 degree artist - painter, photographer, sculptor, filmmaker - explored the most diverse techniques and adhered to all the movements of his time. The title of the exhibition "Luomo infinito", taken from the work that will be exposed, "Homme Infini" in 1970, contains all the sense of the complexity and depth of Man Ray's artistic research, and it seems to suggest to take a look at the very great production of this artist in its entirety. The exhibition evolves into five rooms, divided into eight thematic areas, chronologically analyzing the different styles and different techniques with which the artist has experienced throughout his life.


At Box Office
Tickets for the exhibition can be purchased directly at the Aragonese Castle of Conversano. The ticket office closes 30 minutes before the closing time of the show.

Full price ticket 10
Reduced price ticket 6

For people aged between 6 and 18, university students who are demonstrating that they are regularly enrolled through the university tax bill, over 65, disabled and groups of at least 10 people.

Groups to qualify for the reduction must first book the entry at least the day before or in the morning for the afternoon.

Free entry

For children up to 6 years, disabled, journalists with card.

Buy your pre sale

Online purchase

Buy your pre-sale tickets online at 7.00 + 1 pre-sale instead of 10.00. The purchase of the online ticket does not include a priority entry. Pets are not allowed, with the exception of: small animals that can only be accessed if they are carried in their arms, handbags or similar accessories and guide dogs for the blind. It is not allowed to shoot video and flash photographs and the use of tripods and selfie-sticks is not permitted.

Guided tours

Guided tours are available by reservation, subject to the availability of the guide, only and exclusively by calling the following number +39 3939990505, from Monday to Friday 9:30-13:30 / 16:00 - 20:00 and Saturday and Sunday 9:30-13:30 / 16:00-21:00.

every day at the following times 9: 30-13: 30/17: 00-21: 00.

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The castle of Conversano

A magnificent manor house of Norman style, the Aragonese Castle of Conversano is the location of the exhibition dedicated to Man Ray.

Corso Morea - Piazza della Conciliazione, 70014 Conversano.


Infopoint from Monday to Sunday 9:30-13:30/17:00-21:00: +39 3939990505;

Opening hours

From Monday to Friday 9:30-13:30 / 16:00 - 20:00.

Saturday and Sunday 9:30-13:30 / 16:00-21:00.