Museo di Palazzo Palazzo Mocenigo

Mocenigo Palace



An exhibition of costumes by Danilo Donati for the films of Pier Paolo Pasolini curated by the Sartoria Teatrale Farani di Piccolo Luigino in collaboration with the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia.

Consider, in the third millennium, the Pasolini who addressed film poetically, who rewrote the theatre of ancient tragedy in the vest of modern “filmmaker”, who created ceremonies painted “à la Giotto” on his film sets, who was always animated by a furious desire and the desperate vitality of a man who condenses the vocations of man of literature, film and theatre in his way of seeing things: it is this ritual and necessary symbiosis which the “Pasolini – Donati” exhibition focuses on. The exhibition presents costumes from the Vangelo secondo Matteo which Pasolini filmed in Matera, Edipo re, filmed in Morocco, Porcile, filmed between Mount Etna and Catania, the Decameron, filmed in Naples, Caserta and Sicily; and finally Il fiore delle mille e una notte, which Pasolini filmed in Morocco and Yemen. With this exhibition, the Theatre Biennale has chosen to feature the “costume-sculptures”, the creative fabrics, the period tailoring and the mysterious and so precisely developed draping which Danilo Donati used to translate into “dressed matter” the impenetrable matter of the mythical, visionary, symbolic or damned characters that travel together acrosss the Mediterranean conveyed to us by Pasolini’s photographic vision. The original perspective of this journey through the inestimable legacy of the Casa di Alta Moda Farani, whose artistic production closely bound in its creative expression with the genius of Donati the costume designer, gives each of us the chance to reconstruct the spirit of the sequences, the scripts, the paintings, the human and imaginary sides, the popular dreams, the cruel nightmares and the secret piety.