7 November 2023

MIAC, New Acquisitions. Vanessa Beecroft’s Photos and Scola and Ricceri’s Legacy

Cinecittà opens the autumn exhibition season with the presentation of MIAC Acquisitions. For a permanent collection of the Italian Museum of Moving Images.

The exhibition highlights the audiovisual heritage of Cinecittà, on the one hand with a view to preservation and on the other with an eye on new forms of expression, both contemporary and future. MIAC – Cinecittà’s Italian Museum of Moving Images – is heading to establish a permanent collection with a new body of works purposely created in 2022. 

Among these are eight photos and a video of the artist Vanessa Beecroft from the extraordinary VB93 performance, the most impressive of her career, created in October last year with three hundred models in the legendary Stage 5 upon Cinecittà’s invitation. Beecroft’s works are mixed in the exhibition hall with a set of original sculptures from the film The City of Women by Federico Fellini.

Between cinema and art, the homage to the female universe also includes twenty-one photographs by artist Anna Di Prospero taken for the Historical Archive Luce exhibition La Memoria delle Stazioni staged at the Auditorium Parco della Musica.

Another important acquisition is the assets of Studio EL, located outside MIAC but within the Cinecittà Studios. The material from the historic studio of director Ettore Scola and set designer Luciano Ricceri, whose initials define its name, has become the property of Cinecittà: a path strongly desired by Ricceri’s assistants, Cinzia Lo Fazio and Ezio Di Monte, who together with Scola’s heirs granted the acquisition of the assets preserved in Cinecittà. Precisely due to the particular nature of this heritage, whose physical venue defines its meaning, visitors can visit Studio EL upon booking for an unprecedented experience in what was an authentic place of thought, creativity, exchange, and talent within the Cinecittà Studios for a long time, the place where films, projects, and ideas that marked Italian cinema were born. Studio EL collects drawings and sketches by Luciano Ricceri and notes, photographs, and documentation shared with Ettore Scola, together with maquettes, models, props, accessories for costumes and clothes, furnishings that tell the story of masterpieces such as The Family, The Journey of Captain Fracassa, Splendor, Concorrenza sleale, as well as being a testimony to a great human and professional partnership between the director and the set designer.

The preservation and enhancement of the MIAC heritage also find expression in the presentation of an extraordinary original set element that is part of Cinecittà’s heritage: the sleigh from the film Ludwig by Luchino Visconti, designed by set designer Mario Chiari, presented to the audience in an appropriate museum hall and completely restored for the occasion.

Another substantial intervention meant to expand the cultural offer linked to the MIAC “venue” and its specifics and generate projects and knowledge is the opening of the development and printing laboratory, accessible to visitors upon booking starting from the end of October. This historic and iconic place, which was the original location of MIAC, once entirely used for film processing, can now be visited and experienced as an integral part of the history of audiovisual and Cinecittà. The acquired works dialogue with the film heritage and the Studios from a contamination perspective, where different expressive languages mingle, making MIAC – the first multimedia, interactive, and immersive museum entirely dedicated to the genre in Rome – even more stimulating and modern, a true generator of art and culture.

MIAC – Italian Museum of Moving Images 

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