An exhibition that pays tribute to the great Italian actress in her hometown, conceived by Mauro Tarantino and curated by Bruno Di Marino, media historian and professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome.
The exhibition – set up in the ground-floor spaces of Palazzo Bisaccioni – reconstructs the career of this great performer, also restoring to the public her private and family dimension, her being a woman and a mother, through the memories and objects of a lifetime. The subtitle diva and antidiva alludes precisely to the two faces of the planet Virna Lisi: on the one hand, the film and television actress-with an important theatrical interlude directed by Strehler, Squarzina and Michelangelo Antonioni-who embodied an eternal model of beauty and elegance; on the other hand, the shy and reserved woman, ready to renounce the star system but not the affections of family. Two seemingly irreconcilable aspects that nevertheless strongly characterized Lisi’s personality and traversed the various stages of her existence.
The exhibition is presented by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Jesi, the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia – Cineteca Nazionale and the Fondazione Virna Lisi .The exhibition is also realized thanks to the important contribution of audiovisual and photographic materials from the archives of the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia-Cineteca Nazionale, as well as additional images and documentary material provided by the Virna Lisi Foundation.The exhibition also has the collaboration of Rai Teche and the patronage of the Ministry of Culture, Rai Marche, the Marche Region and the Municipality of Jesi.On the occasion of the exhibition, the volume Virna Lisi.Diva e Antidiva, edited by Bruno Di Marino and published by Danilo Montanari Editore.
Another event related to the exhibition is the competition for videomakers and graphic artists in the field of digital art, entitled Virna Lisi: Italian icon, which has as its object the creation of a site-specific visual mapping. The winning works will be projected on the facade of Palazzo Bisaccioni during the exhibition period.