The Menotti Years 1958-1998

Ex Monte di Pietà

    From Saturday 30 July

    To Sunday 02 October

Free Entry

curated by

Piero Maccarinelli

The Festival dei Due Mondi continues its interest in unearthing the costumes that have made the history of the event. Piero Maccarinelli curated the previous exhibition Frammenti di un percorso teatrale for Spoleto65, re-elaborating the spaces of the Palazzo Collicola by relocating the costumes on display in time to the Menotti years. Now Maccarinelli inaugurates a new exhibition entitled Gli anni Menotti 1958-1998, a homage to the founder of the Festival who was commonly referred to as the ‘Duke’ of Spoleto because he turned the Umbrian city into an excellence of the international arts scene, making it famous throughout the world.


The exhibition, located in the spaces of the Ex Monte di Pietà, starts with a series of original sketches of costumes and theatre scenes stored for many years in the vaults of Spoleto’s banks and now brought to the general public by the Festival dei Due Mondi Foundation following a process of recovery and identification.


Thanks to the collaboration with the Istituto Luce, the exhibition also includes 40 photographs that demonstrate the internationality and the cultural and social richness of the “Menotti years”.


“In addition to the genius of the Maestro, the success of the event was also due, at least until the early 1980s, to the presence of important Italian and American families who spent their holidays in large houses in the Spoleto and Umbrian countryside,” comments Piero Maccarinelli. “We therefore chose to exhibit the costumes and sketches of two works from those years that seemed particularly significant: L’Italiana in Algeri of 1969, with direction by Patrice Chéreau, sets by Richard Peduzzi and Patrice Chéreau, costumes by Jacques Schmidt and direction by Thomas Schippers; and Kurt Weill’s Rise and Ruin of the City of Mahagonny, directed by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi in 1972 with sets by Claudio Cintoli and Ferdinando Scarfiotti and costumes by Gabriella Pescucci. These works seem to best represent the cultural crossroads and artistic trends that were most fashionable at the time and the Festival dei Due Mondi Foundation conserves almost all of the costumes’.


The collaboration of Casa Menotti, documentation centre on the Festival dei Due Mondi, has enlarged the exhibition with a series of period films documenting the years from 1958 to 1998, with redigilalised images from reportages broadcast in Radar and Luce newsreels and now re-edited by Roland Sejko.

Opening times

10:30 to 13:00 and 15:30 to 19:00


Saturday 30 July to Monday 1 August

Friday 5 to Monday 8 August

Friday 12 to Monday 22 August

Friday 26 to Monday 29 August

Friday 2 to Monday 5 September

Friday 9 to Monday 12 September

Friday 16 to Monday 19 September

Friday 23rd September to Monday 26th September

Friday 30 September to Sunday 2 October