Fellini e la Dolce Italia

from 23. 7. 2020 to 30. 11. 2020


It is worth noting that one of the exhibitions dedicated to the one hundredth anniversary of Fellini's birth will be held in Slovakia, which along with the Czech Republic, full of curiosity resulting in unreserved euphoria, welcomed the film legend entitled La Dolce Vita for the first time in 1962. The title of this exhibition "Fellini and La Dolce Vita of Italy" evokes the unique and almost magical atmosphere of the golden era of Italian film, and features amazing film posters and other exhibited materials from the Minisini collection, which, thanks to neorealism and genial artists such as Federico Fellini, became an endless source of creativity and culture for all of mankind. 

Even for Fellini himself, La Dolce Vita concluded an extremely fruitful and creative period which culminated by winning two consecutive Academy Awards for best foreign language film La strada (1957) and Nights of Cabiria (1957) as well as two Academy Awards for scripts for Rome, Open City (1947) and Paisà (1950).

Like other excellent film masters of his generation, Fellini's work as a director, screenwriter and occasional actor (in a scene Miracle from Rossellini's film L'Amore, 1948) was formed by the great school of the most significant and innovative movement in the history of Italian and world cinematography – neorealism. In typical fashion for him, he incorporated the moral and aesthetic values which we can also find in La Dolce Vita. In When Fellini Sat on the Throne, Alberto Moravia's article on the famous decade in Italian cinematography published in the weekly L'Espresso, the writer says, "I would call his technique Baroque. He breaks up traditional forms and pushes realism to its limits, which thus becomes a caricature, a fantasy, a nightmare."

Fellini was continuous source of inspiration for Manara, who returned to his films and themes in order to present them in a new form, through his own artistic view and drawing mastery. 18 drawings capturing scenes from Fellini films and signed by the artist himself are part of this exhibition. 

Milo Manara
This Italian artist and illustrator is considered to be an erotic comic book legend. After graduating from secondary art school, he began to study architecture, which brought him into closer contact with fine arts. In response to the events of 1968 he and Emilio Vedova and other artists openly criticized the Venice Biennial. During this time he intensively deliberated about the mission of fine arts and the artist, whose position had sharply changed with the appearance of Pop Art in 1963 and provoked the rise new avant-garde artistic tendencies. 

His experience and deliberations regarding the transforming world unexpectedly brought him to comic books. He was fascinated by serial nature of this genre, which although in complete opposition to the uniqueness of fine art, is much closer to literature, understandable and affordable for the masses. 

Mimmo Rotella
Rotella studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples. In 1945 he moved to Rome and began to experiment with phonetic poetry. He created epistaltic poetry which was a combination of actual and invented words, sounds and onomatopoeic repetitions. In 1951 he had his first solo exhibition at the Chiurazzi Gallery in Rome. In 1953 he began to create his first decollages from commercial posters which he considered to be an artistic expression of the city. Through his cooperation with French art critic Pierre Restany he became acquainted with neorealism. 

In addition to decollages he worked with assemblages which he created from objects acquired from antique shops. In the early 1970s he created several works by using solvents to wash away the original content of advertising materials and reduce them to imprints and traces.