Fellini Museum. Architecture in motion

”Nulla si sa, tutto si immagina.”

Federico Fellini, La voce della luna, 1990

Federico Fellini has built a colossal scaffolding of his own imagined reality, developed on multiple dimensions. The dreamlike and (neo) real (ist) space dispersed in his constructions. Dreams, hallucinations and life in its nude form dissolved and join their meanings, symbols. Like the maze of thoughts and images built in the master’s movies, Rimini’s new Fellini Museum is an architectural and urban labyrinthic route that connects key buildings and city hot spots, articulating closed and open spaces. In a series of disparate sequences held together by a narrative thread, the ”diffuse” museum externalises itself, transcends its own spaces and spreads throughout the city, taking possession of buildings and streets, frames and moods. Sismondo Castle (a 15th-century castle partly designed by Filippo Brunelleschi), Palazzo del Fulgor (an 18th-century building housing the legendary Cinema Fulgor immortalized in Amarcord), Piazza Malatesta and many of the places are “contaminated” by Fellini’s imaginary. Even the air is irradiated, through exterior projections and ingenious installations. The presence of the fog, an expressive element found in many of Fellini’s depictions, creates a vibration and a density of air evocative of an oneiric, ambiguous, enigmatic atmosphere. The scenographic apparatus put into operation by the new project activates multi-perceptual mechanisms and gives a new shape to pre-existing frames through small significant interventions.

DrawingFF ”At certain moments, in an absolutely fortuitous way, all multimedia systems, regardless of any condition of use in which they are found, will suddenly and simultaneously project a brief and always different filmed reflection, a personal consideration, a simple emotional snapshot by Federico Fellini, embracing the whole Castle like a single wave, in the uniqueness of his work and  message.” – arch. Orazio Carpenzano

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Museo Fellini ph. Lorenzo Burlando 4

The museum does not aim to stage an interpretation of Fellini’s filmography or to turn the city into a ”theme park”, but works instead with leitmotifs transformed into characters, thus avoiding the risk of becoming a mere stagery in itself. It is not an obsolete homage or a built socle that raises the personality and his work at a distant height, but an immersive experience in which the visitor is involved visually, tactilely, aurally. Surprise, imagination, entertainment successfully metamorphose buildings with strong, rigid, well-defined, iconic historical structures and give them back to the city with a renewed charge. The daily rhythm changes, what is already known and symbolic for Rimini acquires other meanings. Moreover, one of the many merits of the diffuse museum is that it doesn’t conquer the spaces completely, it leaves room for the visitor to fill the void with his own mental constructions. 

This project gives us the occasion to see how the architect and the director share this crucial role of the imagination, understood as an action on the image that aims with the supreme desire to create an authentic emotion, at the expense of representing reality as it is. In the end, the museum becomes a personal, private journey for each visitor and it is ever-changing, in motion, never the same. Just as Fellini’s filmography.

FellinidisegniDrawings by Federico Fellini in ”Il libro di sogni”

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Drawings by arch. Orazio Carpenzano

It could be said that all those who let themselves contaminated by his art, carry an inner Fellinian museum, a carnivalesque space full of unconfessed fantasies, strange characters, irrational stories. The diffuse museum puts visitors face to face with all this and leaves the collective construction of the imagine and imagination like the gigantic 8½ structure: uncovered, unfinished, ever open, waiting to be loaded by each and every one with new symbols.

PROJECT: Fellini Museum; LOCATION: Rimini, Italia; CONCEPT, MULTIMEDIA ARTS PROJECT, STAGING AND ARTISTIC DIRECTION: Studio Azzurro; PRODUCTION: Lumière & Co; ARCHITECTURE & EXHIBITION DESIGN: Orazio Carpenzano, ADTP Architetti – Tommaso Pallaria & Alessandra Di Giacomo, Studio Dismisura – Balducci Marcoladi Architetti Associati; CURATORS: Marco Bertozzi, Anna Villari; YEAR: 2021

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Article published in igloo #204 / octombrie-noiembrie 2021 / Post Covid City 

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