In the year marking the 100th anniversary of Federico Fellini’s birth, the Italian Cultural Institute and the Italian Embassy in Bratislava, together with the Art Gallery in Zilina city and the Slovak National Museum, are organising an exhibition of original materials from the Enrico Minisini Archive in Cividale del Friuli, Frittelli Contemporary Art in Florence and the National Film Archive in Prague and Bratislava.
The posters, photo envelopes, notices and works of art on display take visitors into the world of the Dolce Vita, Via Veneto in Rome, the paparazzi, Italy during the economic boom, Marcello Mastroianni, Sophia Loren, Giulietta Masina, Vittorio Gassman, Nino Manfredi and the many movie stars who characterised a unique season, in which Italy was trying to leave the wounds of war behind.
The exhibition takes us on a targeted journey through cinema, lasting forty years, from 1950 (Luci del varietà) to 1990 (La voce della luna). At the same time, a history of Italian society and customs flows before our eyes, in particular the great changes that took place from the post-war period to the years of the “economic boom” and a more widespread prosperity, not without shadows, conflicts and tensions told in the best films of that period.
Together with the materials related to Fellini’s films, there are other films released during the period when the Rimini filmmaker created his masterpieces, making possible an interesting comparison with the works of Luchino Visconti, Dino Risi, Vittorio De Sica, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Ettore Scola, Mario Monicelli, Marco Bellocchio and other authors who made the history of Italian cinema. The result is a country that wants to be carefree and entertaining, but also the image of a people that, in addition to enjoying a growing prosperity, begins to ask questions that will lead to the 1968 protest.
The Enrico Minisini Archive in Cividale del Friuli, composed of tens of thousands of original materials on paper, linked to the promotion of Italian films, in particular from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, has been cooperating for years with institutions and museums for the realisation of events. These include an exhibition held in Milan on the occasion of Expo 2015.
This exhibition, which takes place under the patronage of the Mayor of Bratislava, Matus Vallo, is also one of the most important events of the thirteenth edition of the Italian festival in Slovakia “Dolce Vitaj”.
Date: 22.7 – 29.11.2020
Location: Slovak National Museum, Bratislava (Slovenské národné múzeum)
Organised by: Italian Cultural Institute in Bratislava,
In cooperation with: Embassy of Italy in Slovakia, Minisini Archives in Cividale del Friuli, Frittelli contemporary art in Florence, Slovak National Museum in Bratislava.