Personal documents, memorabilia, letters, drawings, costumes, photographs, installations and testimonials. The exhibition Totò Genio at the Museum of Rome in Trastevere proposes a journey back in time, in the universe of Totò, telling about it life, passions and loves. There's time until 18 February to visit the critically acclaimed and public show of Naples, and designed by the Antonio de Curtis Association in art Totò.
Fifty years after his death, the Totò Genio exhibition traces the greatness of Antonio de Curtis, one of the greatest Italian interpreters of the twentieth century. An all-round artist, not only actor of cinema and theater, but poet and author of unforgettable songs. Prince de Curtis was very fond of his writings, which he probably considered the most authentic mirror of his melancholy and nocturnal soul: "There is no discrepancy - he said - between my profession (which I adore) and the fact that I compose songs and throw down some verse full of melancholy. They are Neapolitan and the Neapolitans are very good at passing from laughter to tears ". You will be able to see and hear, among others, the famous poem 'A livella and the famous one Malafemmena, composed in 1951.
Words and drawings. Like those made by Pier Paolo Pasolini for "the Earth seen from the moon", episode of the movie "the witches" interpreted by Totò. And the drawings by Federico Fellini, fascinated by the figure of what he saw as a timeless artist. You will also be able to see the drawings by Ettore Scola, created for the satirical magazine Marc'Aurelio, alongside the traits of famous cartoonists who have taken Totò as a model like Crepax, Pratt, Manara, Onorato and Pazienza.
It will also be a photographic journey, which follows Totò and the most illustrious characters of the twentieth century. A large section of the exhibition is dedicated to his relationship with cinema, which saw him starring in 97 films, and traces his long career through the posters and photos that made him famous to the general public.
His relationship with the theater is told and revisited through stage costumes, period films and multimedia installations. A less known aspect of Totò is his relationship with advertising he saw him testimonial of some Italian products of those years, such as Lambretta and Perugina, who chose him as a face to advertise his famous Bacio.
And how could he miss the story of his deep bond with Naples, and his partner Franca Faldini. Even his most private profile will be displayed through private photos, original documents and vintage newspapers describing a more private Totò, a generous man who loved to take care of the most defenseless animals and creatures.
"Nobody will remember me" is the closing of the exhibition, dedicated to his three funerals. The first in Rome, the second in Naples and the third in the Rione Sanità in Naples, where he was born. Through photographs, historical films from the Archivio Luce and Rai, newspapers and memoirs, the wonderful farewell that Naples has addressed to its greatest artist is told.
Where is it
Museum of Rome in Trastevere
From 20 October 2017 to 18 February 2018
From Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 am to 8.00 pm
Closed on Monday
- Full price: € 9.50
- Reduced: € 8.50
For citizens residing in the territory of Roma Capitale:
- Full price: € 8.50
- Reduced: € 7.50
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