Fellini – Mastroianni alter/ego: a Photographic Exhibition in Berlin

The artistic collaboration between the two Italians through pictures and movies

February 17th, 2020

The Italian Cultural Institute in Berlin celebrates the artistic collaboration between the director Federico Fellini and the actor Marcello Mastroianni with a rich photographic exhibition.

Federico Fellini was born on January 20th, 1920 in Rimini. He was a film director and a screenwriter, recognized and appreciated worldwide because of his genius. One hundred years after his birth, Italy decided to honor his person with more than 70 events, mainly aimed to divulge his greatness nationally and abroad. 

“Fellini 100” - that is the name of the celebrations for Federico Fellini’s centenary – is the result of a cooperation among eight institutions, and private and public partners. Among the supporting bodies, there are the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage. 

The “Fellini 100” organizational committee will be in charge until 2021; half of the events that it has already organized will take place abroad, demonstrating Italian commitment to cultural diplomacy. Exhibitions, film festivals, restored movies, conferences, masterclasses, publications, shows, art installations, and educational projects are currently underway in Italian diplomatic representations around the world. For instance, several Italian Embassies, Consulates, and Cultural Institutes participated in the initiative named “I sogni di Federico Fellini. 20 Gennaio 2020: Buon compleanno Maestro!”.

The Italian Cultural Institute in Berlin participated actively in this venture with a photographic exhibition named “Fellini – Mastroianni alter ego”. The special artistic relationship between Federico Fellini and the actor Marcello Mastroianni is narrated through pictures. “An artform (the one generated by the artistic synergy between the two - Editor’s note) that shows deeply Italian traits, because of the cultural environment and the ability to embody and desecrate stereotypes, but at the same time it is universal, for its capacity to convey a depth of narrative and expression which are truly timeless”, it is what the first panel at the exhibition says. The exhibit is running from 16th January to 29th February. On this occasion, several unreleased photographs are publicly exposed. The event is free entry. Informational plaques, both in Italian and in English, are placed along the main room to offer a valuable experience also to beginners.

The Italian Cultural Institutes are associated organizations of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Italian Cultural Institute in Berlin is located in Hildebrandstraße, 2, in the Italian Embassy building, not far from Potsdamer Platz. Its mission is to promote and propagate the Italian language and culture in Berlin, Brandenburgh, Saxony, Thuringia, and Saxony-Anhalt through the organization of cultural events and courses of Italian.

Furthermore, from 19th to 31st January the Arsenal Institut für Film und Videokunst has shown the five Fellini’s film in which Mastroianni acted. Realized between 1960 and 1987, the movies are “Otto e mezzo” (1963), “La dolce vita” (1960), “Ginger e Fred” (1986), “Intervista” (1987), “La città delle donne” (1980). The cinematographic initiative has been made possible by a collaboration between the Arsenal Cinema, the Cineteca of Bologna and the Cinemazero of Pordenone. 

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