A place called Futbolitis and an exhibition called “Eduardo Longoni & Jorge Viejo” could only end in a work of great interest. And on top of that, free. Visual artist and soccer fan (of River and Maradona, or of Maradonian and River) Ezequiel Surni’s proposal enters its final week with its best performance: 50 original photographs, many of them unpublished, of Diego Maradona, plus an interesting A collection of 10 more football books, shirts and other memorabilia as usual.
The offer will run until September 12, from Monday to Saturday from 11am to 6pm, in Thamas 1876, Palermo, and offers various points of attraction. Perhaps chiefly the framed photographs of Eduardo Longoni and Jorge Viejo, two famous photographers who covered the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. The first was done for agency DyN (Diarios y Noticias) and was one of the few graphic journalists who captured the “Hand of God”, an important document to verify that Maradona’s first goal against England was with his fist: the technique of the time. With that, television did not have dispelled doubts.
But photos of Viejo’s special envoy Viejo have been added to Longoni’s compilation. bugle Spain 82 and Mexico 86 for the World Cup. Here a familiar, endearing story enters the scene. « Ariel, George’s son—who died in 2020—, came over one day with a bag of photos and told me she didn’t know what to do with them. I could not believe it because they are unique pictures, some unpublished. We immediately agreed that he would be added to the show”, recounts Suranyi.
In the case of Mexico 86 the pictures of the goal against England cannot be missing. « Futbolitis presents the work of two contemporary photojournalists such as Eduardo Longoni and Jorge Viejo. They are old photos, zero percent digital. What’s more: The negatives were lost in Viejo. That’s why I say they are old and analog copies,” adds the curator of the work.
Sample Mexico doesn’t start or end in 86 but the great Maradonian World Cup is a kind of main pillar. Those participating in the futbolitis will also be able to appreciate the images of Carlos Billardo, Jorge Valdano, Jorge Buruchaga, Riccardo Giusti, Neri Pumpido, Riccardo Bocchini and Jorge Valdano. “The exhibition emphasizes Maradona and Mexico ’86, but also earlier, such as the national team tour of the United States in 1985. And later, such as the Copa America in Chile, already in 1991, with Gabriel Batistuta”, Surni it is said.
The work also includes a library with various books on Diego Maradona and jerseys from different teams. A relic is the red and white 10 that the future idol wore in Cebolitas, the lower division of Argentina’s juniors. “This is the most Armando you’re going to see in your life,” says the curator. There is time till 12 o’clock on Monday to watch it.