Created fifty years after his death, the Totò Genio exhibition traces the greatness of Antonio de Curtis, in art Totò, one of the greatest Italian interpreters of the twentieth century. Through personal documents, memorabilia, letters, drawings, costumes, photographs, installations and testimonies, the exhibition offers a journey back in time, in the universe of Totò, telling the life, passions and loves of the master.
The exhibition arrives in Rome after the great success of the public and critics of Naples. Volunteered by the Antonio de Curtis Association in art Totò and by the City of Naples, promoted by Roma Capitale, Cultural Growth Department - Capitoline Superintendence of Cultural Heritage and with the co-production of Istituto Luce Cinecittà, in collaboration with Rai Teche and SIAE - Società Italian Authors and Publishers, the exhibition is organized by Alessandro Nicosia, who curated it with Vincenzo Mollica.
He was an all-round artist, a multifaceted figure, not only an actor of cinema and theater, but a poet and author of unforgettable songs.
You can admire the drawings made by Pier Paolo Pasolini for the Earth seen from the moon, episode of the film Witches played by Totò, the drawings of Federico Fellini, who saw in him a timeless artist, up to those made over the years 50 from Ettore Scola for the satirical magazine Marc'Aurelio.
The drawings by famous cartoonists such as Crepax, Pratt, Manara, Onorato and Pazienza are also exhibited, a series of photographs portraying Totò together with the great figures of the twentieth century and a poem written by Paolo Conte and dedicated to the great Neapolitan interpreter.
A large section of the exhibition is dedicated to his relationship with the cinema, which has seen him star in 97 films, and traces his long career through the posters and photoboots that have made him famous to the general public.
His relationship with the theater is told and revisited through stage costumes, period films and multimedia installations. A less well-known aspect of Totò is his relationship with advertising has seen him testimonial of some Italian products of those years, such as Lambretta and Perugina, who chose him as a face to publicize his famous Kiss.
The exhibition also tells of his strong connection with Naples, his city of origin, and his great love for animals, especially for dogs, a passion he shared with his partner Franca Faldini.
Through private photos, original documents and period newspapers, a more private Toto is described, a generous man who loved taking care of the most defenseless animals and creatures.