The exhibition

"I believe I've always had a certain tendency to an imaginative interpretation of things,
to a certain visionary outlook
Federico Fellini

Federico Fellini, the Italian film Master, was born in Rimini on 20th January 1920.

If Italy is considered by the whole world as the country of the ‘Dolce Vita’, it is due to Fellini’s unique and distinctive vision. Very few artists have been able to describe the entire history of our country as he did. In his movies, Fellini invented a whole brand new imaginary world capable not only of telling the story of his own generation, but also of reaching out to the next generations. Fellini showed us that, by travelling back in time, magical suggestions can be found in order to understand the present. ‘Everything is imagined' is not only a famous expression by this Rimini-born director, an immortal genius, but also the key to describe his current and timeless artistic and creative heritage.

This great exhibition will be held in Rome (Palazzo Venezia) next April 2020. It will then be displayed abroad in Los Angeles, Moscow and Berlin. It is aimed to kick off all the events dedicated to Fellini celebrating the 100 years of his birth. It offers a great opportunity to bring back memories, emotions, photoframes, scenes and suggestions from Fellini’s unique world that tells us the whole truth about ourselves with the irresistible universal fascination of a dream.

The exhibition is set up in Castel Sismondo, part of the future Fellini Museum site. With an innovative impressive setting, the exhibition hinges on three thematic areas:

On display there will be a lot of still unpublished material bringing Fellini's imagination back to life. In one of the exhibition sections, there will be materials from the Fondo Nino Rota, the famous composer who collaborated with Fellini in many films. In particular, a series of original notebooks will be exhibited for the first time, where Rota had jotted down Fellini’s instructions on the music score that was to accompany and further highlight his directorial choices.

The venue: Castel Sismondo

"...Once, at Raoul’s bar the proposal was made to begin
the new year in jail. With the connivance of some prison guards,
who were our friends, we would bring
sausages and sandwiches to the inmates, and eat with them.
At that time, the Rocca – Francesca's prison –, was full of petty criminals
and drunkards. When thinking of my birthplace, that stocky, gloomy building
has always remained as a black presence in my head...
Federico Fellini

Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta began building the Rocca on 20th March 1437, the last but one Wednesday of Lent, at 6.48 p.m.: the exact day, hour and minute had probably been recommended by court astrologers. Sigismondo declared it ‘officially’ completed in 1446, a particularly lucky year for him, even if construction works would still continue until 1454.

The castle was intended to be both a palace and a fortress, a worthy seat for the court and the garrison, as well as a symbol of power and control over the city. Court writers would praise the very Sigismondo as its architect, as also claimed in the large marble plates on its walls. If by architect we mean the inspirer, creator, and coordinator, in other words a client with specific needs and ideas, we can for sure agree on this 'attribution'.

In Sigismondo’s view, the castle had to visually represent the fortress of power, according to a still entirely medieval idea, necessarily built in traditional forms, i.e. more expressionistically picturesque than rationally harmonious. This is proved by the changing perspective of the towers, the compact battlements, the constant use of pointed arches and stone and ceramic inserts, beautifully gilded decorations and green and red plaster – the colours of Malatesta’s coat-of-arms – as documented by writers. Sigismondo died in his beloved castle on 7th October 1468.

Currently, the Castel Sismondo compound, also known as the Malatesta Fortress, is divided into four communicating parts: the Palazzo di Isotta; the central body with various services; the large courtyard; and the Maschio, which is the central and most picturesque building of the whole compound. Its accurate restoration has been funded by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Rimini. The aim was to turn Castel Sismondo into a permanently visitable monument, as well as a venue for cultural and artistic events. In 2017, renovation works began in the Corte a Mare, the first redevelopment lot of Piazza Malatesta, which is part of a larger project aimed to enhance Rimini’s urban quality. Works to recreate the old moat and the city walls and the redevelopment of the square overlooking the castle were completed by the end of January 2018. This space, which, until October 2015, was a parking lot, has now become a new urban meeting and socialization place, enhancing Rimini’s artistic heritage. It is the first actual and visible step of a more comprehensive project designed to link the ancient Roman town with Renaissance Rimini along a path that stretches from the new Galli Theatre, through the Renaissance square, across the Fulgor, up to the new pedestrian square on Tiberius Bridge. The final stage will be the creation of the innovative Federico Fellini International Museum.

Fellini's Rimini

"Rimini is messy, confused, fearful,
tender, with this air of freedom,
this great open space facing sea
Federico Fellini

THE CITY of memories

Fellini was born in Rimini in 1920 and stayed there until 1939 when he moved to Rome. It was during the period that he began to create the mythology of childwood wich can be found throughout his works.

THE HOUSES Fellini was born in Via Dardanelli. The family then moved just down the road to Palazzo Ripa, in Corso d’Augusto 6 (now 115) and then in 1926 to Palazzo Ceschina in Via Gambalunga 48 (now 91). He finally moved to Via Dante 9 (now 23) in 1931. His grandparent’s house on his father’s side can be found just outside Rimini in Gambettola, this is the countryside farmstead in a famous sequence from the film 8 ½.

SCHOOLS Fellini went to primary school in Via Brighenti 38 and the gym in Via Tempio Malatestiano (now 24). These are the years of Omero and the "pugna" evoked in Amarcord.

ROADS AND SQUARES The cars from the Mille Miglia race would run over the Tiber bridge just as was portrayed in Amarcord, towards Corso d’Augusto. Piazza Cavour, Piazza Tre Martiri and Piazza Ferrari served as a backdrop for famous sequences from Amarcord, the scene with the peacock on the Pigna mountain, the “moustache” on the bicycle and the scene with the Partisan Monument from the First WW. The circus from The Clowns used to be set up in Piazza Malatesta.

THE CITY of dreams

Throughout his films, Fellini made Rimini into a place where the soul reigns supreme, a mythical dimension, a place you always want to come back to. Around this city and its magical places. Fellini created an universal idea of beauty.

THE PALATA The Rimini pier in winter is the emblem of the Vitellonis. In Amarcord the motorcyclists theatre in Scurezza in Corpolo is the place where the boats leave to meet the Rex.

THE GRAND HOTEL Federico Fellini Park. Inaugurated in 1908 it is the symbol of the Belle Epoque and for a young Fellini forbidden desires. The Grand Hotel represented wealth, luxury and lapis westerners. The director stayed here every time he came back to Rimini, in room 316.

THE FULGOR Corso d’Augusto 162. The cinema where Fellini saw as depicted in Rome, his first film – Maciste in Hell and he discovered the magic of the cinema. It is here that Titta, the protagonist of Amarcord tries and fails to seduce Gradisca. Reopened in 2018 with the scenery and props of the 3 times Oscar winner Dante Ferretti, the Fulgor evokes everything that cinema represents: dreams, fantasy and wonder.

THE CITY of cinema

Everything in Fellini’s cinema is an ode to Rimini and everything in the city of Rimini is an ode to Fellini.

THE SAN GIULIANO QUARTER Recalled in the Clowns it is a concentrations of squares, alleyways and houses covered in murals that depict characters and scenes from Fellini’s most famous film.

THE BOOK OF DREAMS On these pages, Fellini wrote down and illustrated his dreams for over 30 years his inspiration for his films. It is currently being shown in the City Museum in Via Luigi Tanini, 1.

THE RING This work by Mauro Staccioli in Piazzetta Zavagli evokes a scene from Amarcord that never made the final cut when Count Zavagli’s daughter’s ring was found in a black well.

THE FEDERICO FELLINI STUDY CENTRE In Palazzo Gambalunga, in Via Gambalunga 27 there are original documents, archived materials, photographs, drawings, scripts and articles.

THE BIG BOW Arnaldo Pomodoro’s monument to remember Fellini, commissioned by his wife Giulietta Masina and his son Pier Federico. In Petrella Guidi there is a Name Field, a sanctuary of peace that the poets and scriptwriter Tonino Guerra wanted to dedicate to his director friend and his wife.

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FELLINI100. Immortal Genius. The exhibition
From 14th December 2019 to 15th March 2020 (extended to 13th April 2020)
Rimini, Castel Sismondo


Planned by:
Museo Internazionale Federico Fellini - Comune di Rimini
Conceiving, multimedia artistic project and setting:
Studio Azzurro
Curated by:
Marco Bertozzi and Anna Villari


Opening hours:
Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Closed on non-holiday Mondays

Standard: € 10,00
Discounted: € 8,00 groups of more than 15 people, visitors under 18, over 65
Discounted for schools: € 5,00 Primary and secondary school groups, children from 6 to 14 and university students with ID card
Special Family Ticket: € 22,00 Admission for two adults and one/two children up to 14 years old
Special discounted: € 5,00 with concessions (holders of public transport cards Start Romagna; Mi Muovo, Unica, Romagna SmartPass and Rail SmartPass card holders; holders of Trenitalia railway tickets; ticket holders by one of the following cinemas: Fulgor Cinema in Rimini, Tiberio Cinema in Rimini, Settebello Cinema in Rimini, Multiplex Le Befane in Rimini, Cineplace in Riccione, Metropolis Multiplex in Pesaro, Multiplex in Matelica – Macerata, Omnia Center Multiplex in Prato, Tolentino Multiplex and Anteo Palazzo del Cinema in Milan).
Exhibition FELLINI100 and Rimini Museums
(Joint ticket for the exhibition, Museo della Città, and Domus del Chirurgo):
Standard: € 12,00 - Discounted: € 10,00
Free admission: for children up to 6 years of age; one accompanying person per group; disabled people with accompanying person; two accompanying persons for school groups; journalists with card; tourist guides with card

Guided tours:
Every Saturday at 6 p.m. and every Sunday at 11.30 a.m.
Reservation required: phone and WhatsApp (+39) 339 7758638 or mail:
Guided tour € 5.00 + € 8.00 discounted admission ticket
Guided tour € 30,00 per school group + € 5,00 per student

Only on request by calling the phone number (+39) 0541 704426, the visit to the exhibition can be complemented with a guided tour of Rimini, choosing between:
Rimini as Imagined by Fellini
Walking tour to discover the places that mostly influenced Fellini's imagination. From its squares, to the Fulgor Theater, Borgo San Giuliano and then to the legendary Grand Hotel.
Fellini's Rimini between the Two Wars
What did the city where Fellini lived look like? What are the places linked to his life, the environment where Fellini grew up and left indelible traces in him?

Duration 2 hours; cost € 90.00 per group (up to 20 participants); from 20 to 30 participants € 4.50 per person.

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