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Puppets and the Avantgarde. Picasso Depero Klee Sarzi

Exhibition dedicated to the European figure theatre in connection with the work of Otello Sarzi in Reggio Emilia. In Palazzo Magnani, Corso Garibaldi 29.

November 17, 2023 - March 17, 2024

It is an original performance-exhibition, never seen in Italy, that focuses on the concept of "fourth wall", that is the emotional involvement of the visitor in the story staged. When a puppet breaks the fourth wall, it gets the audience's trust, giving to the show the power to blur that division between stage and world, between art and life.

Visitors will be welcomed by the life-size costumes designed by Pablo Picasso for Parade, a choreographic ballet that Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes staged in Paris in 1917.
Then a crowd of "high and low" puppets, i.e. manipulated from below, with the hands or through a stick, from above, from the oldest examples, such as Pulcinella or Harlequin of the Art Comedy, to those of Otello Sarzi, Reggio Emilia citizen by adoption, made with recycled materials. Two festival theatres, set up in the rooms on the ground floor, will allow children to deal with the animated theatre, and on weekends it will also be performed by some of the latest Italian puppeteers. On display are the puppets seen through the eyes of the Italian futurists, the Bauhaus artists of the 1920s (Paul Klee, Andor Weininger, Lothar Schreyer, Sophie Täuber Arp and Oskar Schlemmer), the Russian Avantgarde (El Lissitzky, Aleksandra Ekster, Nina Efimova) and the artist Richard Teschner.


The exhibition will be highly interactive and the main interaction spaces will be on the ground floor. The two rooms will each have a different focus: the first on puppets manipulated from below (puppets); the second on the puppets from above.

The program includes puppet performances and workshops for schools during the week and regular puppet and puppet performances on weekends and holidays.


Wednesday-Thursday 10.00 a.m. -1.00 p.m. and 3.00 - 7.00 p.m.; Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.
Extra openings: November 24, December 8, 24, 26: 10.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.; January 1: 3.00 - 7.00 p.m.
Closed: December 25, 31.


Euros 12.00; Euros 10.00 (reduced), Euros 8.00 (university students); Euros 5.00 (children).

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Animals are not permitted in the exhibition, except for guide dogs.

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