On the centenary of the birth, the initiatives dedicated to the “Maestro”
On January 20, 1920, Federico Fellini, the master of world cinema, was born in Rimini. If Italy has become the country of the Dolce Vita for the whole world, it is due to its own unique and unmistakable look. Very few artists have managed to represent the whole history of our country as Fellini did. An artist who through the cinema has managed to invent a whole world, creating an imaginary capable not only to tell their own generation – that of those who lived the most important
stages of the twentieth century – but also to get in touch with subsequent ones. Fellini showed us how, traveling back in time, you can find magic tips for understanding the present. His legacy is still dynamic and alive in contemporary artistic and creative language. ‘Tutto si immagina’ is not alone a famous expression of the Rimini director, immortal genius, but the keystone to photograph its current and timeless artistic and creative heritage. 100 years after its birth, Rimini is preparing to celebrate it for a whole year with a series of initiatives that will start in mid-December with a major exhibition in the rooms of Castel Sismondo (ancient residence of the Malatesta, lords of Rimini) and will continue all next year to culminate in the opening, in December 2020, in the largest museum project entirely dedicated to him. Rimini is on the eve of a year that will be entirely consecrated to the Fellini sign of “everything you imagine”.
The exhibition Fellini 100 Immortal genius. The exhibition Rimini, Castel Sismondo, 14 December 2019 – March 15, 2020
To open the celebrations was the traveling exhibition Fellini 100 Immortal Genius. There exhibition inaugurated in Rimini on 14 December 2019, bringing it to the fore memories, emotions, frames, scenes, suggestions from that world extraordinary capable of telling us the whole truth about ourselves with irresistible charm universal dream.
“Fellini 100 Immortal genius. The exhibition “, designed by Studio Azzurro of Milan, it is set up in Castel Sismondo, part of the future headquarters of the Fellini Museum, and rotates around three cores of content, in the frame of a scenographic setting innovative:
1) the first tells the history of Italy from the twenties to the thirties to pass then after the war and ending in the eighties through the imagination of films by Fellini.
2) The second nucleus is dedicated to the story of the director’s travel companions, real, imaginary, collaborators and not.
3) Finally, the third group will be dedicated to the presentation of the project permanent exhibition of the Federico Fellini International Museum.
After the exhibition in Rimini, the exhibition begins its journey and will arrive in Rome on next April 2020 at Palazzo Venezia, to then cross national borders with exhibitions in Los Angeles, Moscow and Berlin. The exhibition presents so much unpublished material that will return to the visitor Fellini’s imaginary. Among the various sections that compose it, one presents the material from the Fondo Nino Rota, the famous composer who collaborated with Fellini on many films. In particular, a series of notebooks is exhibited for the first time originals on which Rota pinned the Maestro’s indications on the music that he should have accompanied and exalted his directorial choices. And again, among the unpublished materials, the very first screenplay of that is on display
which would later become Amarcord, entitled “The village”, in a first draft, and the screenplay by Otto e mezzo owned by Lina Wertmuller, who was assistant to directed by Federico Fellini precisely in that film.
The ecclesiastical fashion clothes of Rome parade next to the costumes of Casanova, for which the scenographer Danilo Donati received the Oscar. Always from the set of Casanova, It is exposed the original clapperboard, one of the loans from the Fellini Foundation of Sion, with which the Municipality of Rimini has signed a memorandum of understanding. Other loans coming from the photographic archive of Elisabetta Catalano and from the private collections of two masters of photography, such as Tonino Delli Colli and Giuseppe Rotunno, fill the rooms dedicated to Fellini ‘s travel companions, while the images of songs by repertoire of the Istituto Luce and of Teche Rai will flow alongside the sequences of the film by the Rimini director in a postponement from which the last hundred years of the film emerge history of our country. Also from the archive of the Tonino Guerra Association there are unpublished materials that belonged to the poet, writer and screenwriter born in Santarcangelo in 1920, testimony of a human and professional encounter he has marked the Italian cinema and culture.
An unpublished exhibition on Fellini, because it brings vision to the center of its path of films, and this thanks to the participation of both more or less recent producers (such as Cristaldi, Titanus, De Laurentiis, Grimaldi, Rai Cinema) both of those in these years, like Mediaset, have guarded and protected a considerable part of filmography.
The permanent museum.
The centennial appointment is also an opportunity to lay the foundation of the Federico Fellini International Museum. A permanent exhibition that will open in December 2020 with the ambition to become the place for the public all over the world where you can meet and rediscover Federico Fellini’s inimitable universe. The International Museum will be the largest museum project dedicated to Rimini director and will combine the poetry of Fellini cinema with technologies and more innovative urban choices. An ambitious project, which, in mixing poetry and technology, intends to return everything that cinema has wanted to be since its origin and that of Fellini’s films they express in the most complete way: amazement, fantasy, spectacle, fun. A Museum of the imagination that will interpret the director’s cinema not as a work in itself concluded, but as a key to “everything is imagined”.