Art is divine

Fantasia Fantastica

Alessandra Cenna

PALAZZO PILOTTA

Parma

 

FORNASETTI

THEATRUM MUNDI

Fornasetti Theatrum Mundi Complesso Monumentale della Pilotta, Teatro Farnese, view from the steps, Parma. © Cosimo Filippini.

Fornasetti Theatrum Mundi. Complesso Monumentale della Pilotta,

Entrance Teatro Farnese, Parma.

© Cosimo Filippini.

In the heart of Parma, the grand Palazzo Pilotta is the historical symbol of the feudal power of the Farnese family.

 

This imposing complex takes its name «Pilotta» from the game of Basque pelota, a sport very popular at the time and assiduously played in its many interior courtyards.

Today this place also houses the Archaeological Museum and the Bodoniano Museum, the oldest Italian museum dedicated to the press.

 

It is devoted to culture with its National Gallery, Palatine Library and its famous Farnese Theater which hosts the exhibition of works by Atelier Fornasetti, inaugurated in June during the celebratory events of Parma as the Italian capital of Culture. European 2020-21.

 

The visitor walks through twenty-one showcases from the Petitot Gallery to the Palatine Library before arriving at the sumptuous spectacle of the theater rebuilt following the bombing of the Second World War.

 

Painter, printer and famous designer following his collaboration with Gio Ponti, Piero Fornasetti created with his accomplice many decorations for homes and ships. The Atelier Fornasetti, created in the 1950s, will happily survive him thanks to his son Barnaba who, since 1988, continues the manual production of these iconic pieces that have made him famous all over the world.

Fornasetti Theatrum Mundi. Complesso Monumentale della Pilotta,

Monumental staircase, Parma

© Cosimo Filippini.


Fornasetti Theatrum Mundi. Complesso Monumentale della Pilotta, Teatro Farnese, view of the steps, detail, Parma. © Cosimo Filippini.

Fornasetti Theatrum Mundi. Complesso Monumentale della Pilotta,

Galleria del Teatro, detail, Parma.

© Cosimo Filippini.

Barnaba Fornasetti, Artistic Director of Atelier Fornasetti, organized with Valeria Manzi, President of the Fornasetti Cult Association, and Simone Verde, Director of Palazzo Pilotta, this magnificent exhibition, is a real journey between past and present, classicism and modernity.

 

With humor and mastery, the themes dear to the Fornasetti are revisited, who use architecture, music and everyday objects to create this unique universe full of symbols and nostalgia. Their lunar characters reproduced on endless plates seem to follow the waltz of visitors with their eyes in a timeless space. The great serpent ripples on the steps of the staircase, playing with invitation and temptation.

 

The palm of a hand maps the landscape of a lifetime and the naked bodies of ancient statues laugh at the gaps in time in a mythical wall.

 

An exhibition where fantasy rhymes with the dreamlike, a delight for the eyes and the soul to make eyes and hearts throb in unison in a disturbing and delicious thrill.

 

 

 

FORNASETTI  

THEATER MUNDI 

www.complessopilotta.it 

Complesso Monumentale della Pilotta - 

Piazza della Pilotta 3 - Parme - Italie  

until February 14, 2021 


Fornasetti Theatrum Mundi. Complesso Monumentale della Pilotta,

Saloni ottocenteschi, detail, Parma. © Cosimo Filippini.

Pug dog, fifties. Ceramic.

Fornasetti Theatrum Mundi. Complesso Monumentale della Pilotta,

Saloni ottocenteschi, detail, Parma. © Cosimo Filippini.

Umbrella stand “Musical Instruments”, Fifties. Hand painted lithograph.


Fornasetti Theatrum Mundi. Complesso Monumentale della Pilotta, Saloni ottocenteschi, detail, Parma. © Cosimo Filippini.

Fornasetti Theatrum Mundi. Complesso Monumentale della Pilotta,

Saloni ottocenteschi, detail, Parma. © Cosimo Filippini.

Screen “Roman Wall”, 1952. Hand painted lithograph on wood.

Fornasetti Theatrum Mundi. Complesso Monumentale della Pilotta,

Saloni ottocenteschi, detail, Parma. © Cosimo Filippini.

“Hand”, early Fifties. Lithograph on metal.


Fornasetti Theatrum Mundi. Complesso Monumentale della Pilotta, Voltoni, Parma. © Cosimo Filippini