The Kunsthaus Zürich continues its long tradition of cultural history exhibitions that venture beyond what is conventionally regarded as art. These give audiences the opportunity to rediscover brilliant personalities and their exceptional legacy, while highlighting its importance to art history. The subject on this occasion is Federico Fellini (1920–1993), one of the most important directors in cinema history. Cult productions such as ‘La strada’ (1954), ‘La dolce vita’ (1960), ‘Amarcord’ (1974) and ‘Città delle donne’ (1980) have become classics that, to this day, are discussed and celebrated far beyond the film community. Fellini was an obsessive, provocative and original film-maker, but also a tireless draughtsman. Although film rapidly became his primary form of artistic expression, drawing remained the central tool of his preparatory creative work for his films; as he put it himself: ‘It often happens that during my preparations I draw sketches, designs and figures […]. Those incidental ideas then become the signposts that guide my staff: the set designers, costume designers and mask designers.’ This comprehensive special exhibition turns the spotlight on the productive relationship between drawing and film.

Supported by Albers & Co AG

Ill: The actor Giulietta Masina, who came to fame as Gelsomina in Federico Fellini’s ‘La strada’ (1954), on the cover of ‘Vogue Paris’, December 1972; Fellini was editor-in-chief of the special issue, © Vogue Paris