The exhibition Fellini: Circus of Light is an introduction to works of the film director Federico Fellini (1930 – 1993) that unveils critical aspects of the Italian maestro’s universe. Known as one of the most influential filmmakers of 20th century European cinema, Fellini is celebrated for his signature flair that combines fantasy and flamboyance within the social realities of post-World War II Italy. His approach to humanism is based on his personal experience, blended with fictional narratives.
Thanks to the joint cooperation between the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), School of Art, Design & Media, the Federico Fellini Foundation in Sion, the Embassies of Italy and Switzerland as well as the Italian Cultural Institute in Singapore, this exhibition will be Southeast Asia’s first ever tribute to Fellini’s love and fascination for the circus arts and will showcase the profound influence that the “circus life” had on Fellini’s movie making.
The innovative and interactive exhibition presents not only iconic items coming from the Swiss-based collection but also various interdisciplinary contemporary works made by ADM artists inspired by the Italian maestro. ADM Gallery 1 features an immersive environment based on one of Fellini’s closest themes – the circus. Dedicated to Fellini’s film protagonists, the gallery highlights the many characters in Fellini’s world, drawn from his classics such as La Strada (1954), 8½ (1963), Juliet of the Spirits (1965), Satyricon (1969), The Clowns (1971), Amarcord (1973), Fellini’s Casanova (1976), Intervista (1987) among others.
ADM Gallery 2 showcases more than 50 works from the collection of the Fellini Foundation for the Cinema, comprising of photographs, movie posters and original drawings that document Fellini’s vast oeuvre. Like pentimenti seen in fading frescos that reveal traces of earlier work processes, this presentation is designed as a space that symbolises a labyrinth in light and shadow, and suggests a symbiosis between the grotesque and the sublime, and the sacred and the profane.
According to Professor Vibeke Sorensen, Chair of the School of Art, Design and Media, “Fellini: Circus of Light is an homage testament to the Italian maestro’s body of work and its lasting influence on new generations of filmmakers. His Excellency Mr Thomas Kupfer, Ambassador of Switzerland in Singapore, said, “I’m very pleased of the collaboration between the Singapore institution and the Swiss Fellini foundation. I see a great potential to further develop this cultural relationship between our two countries. On Italian side His Excellency Mr Paolo Crudele, Ambassador of Italy in Singapore, said,” This exhibition will be Southeast Asia’s first ever tribute to Fellini’s love and fascination for the circus arts that will showcase the profound influence that the ‘circus life’ had on Fellini’s moviemaking. To conclude Mr Federico Grandesso, European Union & Asia Representative of the Fellini Foundation for the Cinema, explained, “I hope this exhibition will inspire new upcoming cinema talents in Singapore and in Asia.”
The curator’s duo
Heitor Capuzzo, Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University underlines “This exhibition is the collective result of a number of creative artists from School of Art, Design and Media, NTU: puppeteers, sound designers, visual effects supervisors, graphic artists, product designers, webmasters, filmmakers and fashion designers, introducing the complexity of the filmic works of one of the major artists of the 20th century. While Stéphane Marti, President, Fellini Foundation for the Cinema said”
Let us cross into this magic cinema circus to hear Fellini speaking: “the clowns are the ambassadors of my vocation. […] I believe in a cinema which can recreate even the sea in studio. My light is not the one that the sun can give.” Certainly this exhibition represents in world premiere the best access to this extraordinary world.”
Event: Fellini: Circus of Light
Date: 12 November 2015 – 13 February 2016
Time: Mon to Fri: 10am – 5pm
Sat: 12 – 5pm
(*Closed on Sundays, public holidays and term holidays
Venue: School of Art, Design and Media (ADM) gallery
Nanyang Technological University
81 Nanyang Drive Singapore 637458
Admission is free.