“Pinocchio, the character whose Adventures are among the world’s most well-known and translated books, is the protagonist of the exhibition entitled Enigma Pinocchio. From Giacometti to LaChapelle – A Great Italian Story. The exhibition brings together, for the first time in Florence, over 50 contemporary art masterpieces from all over the world. Curated by Lucia Fiaschi and set in the beautiful Villa Bardini, the exhibition evokes the adventures of Collodi’s famous character, combining naivety and mischievousness, independence and submission, and ultimately life and death.
The exhibition includes seven sections exploring the multifaceted nature of this enigmatic creature: Pinocchio is (not) a King; Pinocchio is (not) a marionette; Pinocchio is (not) human; Pinocchio is (not) dead; Pinocchio is (not) Pinocchio; Pinocchio is (not) a mask; Pinocchio is (not) a child. Viewers will also find multimedia installations dialoguing with the works on display.
Pinocchio – an extraordinary invention, a metaphor for every possible metaphor – this Tuscan yet universal character, open to all possible interpretations was born at the end of the nineteenth century, but is an authentic twentieth-century being. Interpreted, deciphered, and scanned, exposed to the unspeakable tragedies of the past century, this tragic mask, this marionette was able to achieve the impossible and, incredibly, he lives.” — Villa Bardini
All images © Michele Monasta. Courtesy Villa Bardini.
Title image: Installation view of Enigma Pinocchio. Photo © Michele Monasta.