Curated by Elisabetta Piccioni and Renata Frediani
Set up inside the Teatro del Falcone, in the spaces on the first floor, the BAMBOLE exhibition will in fact be accessible to the public at the same time as the exhibition dedicated to the works of Antonio G. Santagata, La memoria della guerra. Antonio G. Santagata and the twentieth century wall painting, housed on the ground floor of the Theater.
It is the first time that visitors to the Royal Palace, in addition to exploring the historic apartments of the Museum, have the opportunity to take advantage of two complementary exhibit proposals in the spaces of the Theater, in order to attract a transversal audience with a range of cultural proposals wide and articulated.
In particular, the BAMBOLE exhibition intends to render tangible the artistic value of these very particular cultural assets, unjustly relegated exclusively to the childhood manifestations, retracing their history, starting from the Marian images and the wooden mannequins of the Ligurian nativity scene of the XVIII century century. Model of the human body, toy, instrument of religious and magical rituals, fetish, mannequin, simulacrum, work of art, collector's item, pop symbol, the doll artifact offers an infinite variety of readings, a never banal expression of modern culture and contemporary.
His story is also linked to the artisans and the manufactures that have made it over time, through memories that have been deposited in drawings, photographs, albums, catalogs, archival papers, letters and projects, materials and supports that will be present in the exhibition.
The core of the exhibition is the Frediani collection, an extraordinary collection of rare examples of dolls from the 18th century to the present, already exhibited in 2012 at the State Archive of Lucca, favorably received on that occasion by critics and rewarded by a remarkable success with the public . Characterized by the most varied geographical origins, different for construction techniques and types, the more than 200 specimens exhibited in the Teatro del Falcone belong above all to the female world, alluding to a collective destiny largely traced. Above all, the exhibition intends to underline how, over time and in different ways, the doll has had intense relationships with the decorative arts, design and fashion as well as, of course, with sculpture. A theme, therefore, with multiple readings and approached from different perspectives, in its cultural and sociological implications, sometimes surprising and unexpected, and which an articulated didactic, graphic and photographic apparatus, will make manifest to the public.