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Federico Fellini
Ginger and Fred
Ink on paper

Collection: Daniela Barbiani

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Excerpt from The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation:

Dates: October 31, 2003–January 14, 2004
Venue: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street), New York City

NEW YORK, October 3, 2003—In recognition of the tenth anniversary of the death of legendary director Federico Fellini, the Guggenheim and Cinecittà Holding present the exhibition Fellini!, the first full retrospective of the Italian filmmaker’s films seen in relationship to his rarely seen drawings. The exhibition includes several newly restored film prints, short films, exclusive interviews, and commercials Fellini created in the 1980s, as well as a new documentary featuring images from recently discovered scenes originally shot for La dolce vita. Fellini! will be presented in the Tower 4 Gallery and the Peter B. Lewis Theater from October 31, 2003, through January 14, 2004 (the film retrospective will be on view through January 31).

Fellini! is organized by the Guggenheim Museum and Cinecittà Holding in collaboration with Comunicare Organizzando.

The exhibition of Fellini’s drawings begins with his early caricatures of Hollywood film stars that he created for the local movie theater in his boyhood home of Rimini, Italy, in exchange for free admission. With his gift for drawing caricatures, Fellini found journalistic work printing his comic drawings accompanied by one-line jokes in popular publications, eventually leading to jobs as a journalist, scriptwriter, and film director. Fellini continued to sketch his own unique visions and interpretations of the world—factually or fantastically based. Fellini’s ongoing affinity for comic strips and cartoons is examined in the exhibition, which includes works ranging from his early comics through two later projects originally conceived as films but ultimately realized as comic strip installments and graphic books.

The exhibition also features Fellini’s sketches for his films—depicting characters, costume concepts, art direction, set design, and camera angle considerations—his illustrated dream journals, and a late body of erotic drawings. Fellini’s obsession with caricature and character typologies is also represented by photographs that he had taken of a multitude of film extras and other individuals he would call into Rome’s legendary Cinecittà film studios. These images reveal his penchant for developing dramatic personae in his films and his facility for fleshing out the merest indication of character and caricature.

Fellini’s highly attuned ability to craft a densely and fantastically populated universe in motion culminated in his highly acclaimed feature films, presented in full at the GuggenheimFILM’s Fellini! screening series in the Peter B. Lewis Theater.

Patronage by the President of Italy, the Ministry of Culture, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The exhibition and film retrospective are sponsored by Cinecittà Holding and Tods.

Additional support provided by the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, Grand Marnier Foundation, the Italian Government Tourist Board, and the Italian Cultural Institute.

In collaboration with the Fondazione Federico Fellini, Mediaset-Cinema Forever, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, and Istituto Luce.

Fellini! was curated by John G. Hanhardt, Senior Curator of Film and Media Arts, and Maria-Christina Villaseñor, Associate Curator of Film and Media Arts, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, in collaboration with Pupi Avati, President, Cinecittà Holding Vincenzo Mollica, journalist and author and Antonio Monda, Professor, Department of Film and Television, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.


Federico Fellini, Italian, (1920-1993)
b. January 20, 1920, Rimini, Italy
d. 1993

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