Presenting 500 exhibits revealing how the legendary Italian film-maker Federico Fellini used drawings to develop the scenes and characters for his films.
Important private collections, film clips and props
The presentation includes some 500 exhibits: drawings, on-set photographs and props actually used in the films. It has been conceived by Cathérine Hug, who is curating the presentation at the Kunsthaus Zürich, in collaboration with Tobias Burg, who was responsible for its earlier showing at the Museum Folkwang in Essen. The last exhibition of this kind at the Kunsthaus was staged in 1984 while the director was still alive, and with his personal involvement. A large proportion of the exhibits consist of drawings from the Zurich collection of Jakob and Philipp Keel. They are complemented by a similar number of mostly black-and-white set photographs, costumes and props as well as expansive film clips and trailers which, through their interplay with the drawings, shed light on Fellini’s working method. The drawings and photographs attest to the close ties between Federico Fellini and the Keels. Many have not previously been published. The selection on display at the Kunsthaus Zürich includes 40 additional loans that were not on show at its cooperation partner, the Museum Folkwang in Essen, where the exhibition ran until 20 February 2022. These costumes, props, casting letters and personal effects come from the Fondation Fellini pour le cinéma in Sion, the Fellini Museum in Rimini, which opened in 2021, and the private holdings of the conductor Graziano Mandozzi.
The exhibition is supported by the Truus and Gerrit van Riemsdijk Foundation and the Dr. Georg and Josi Guggenheim Foundation.
Federico Fellini, Maria de Sisti as the inn owner, 1972 (Roma), Fondation Fellini pour le cinéma, Sion © 2022, ProLitteris, Zurich