The exhibition La passione di Cleopatra. Visions and masks by Arnaldo Pomodoro brings at Museo della Musica of Bologna the amazing costumes and set-design drawings created by Arnaldo Pomodoro for the opera “La passione di Cleopatra” written by the Egyptian poet Ahmad Shawqi and staged in Gibellina - a small town near Trapani (Sicily), as part of the 1989 Orestiadi. The opera was directed by Cherif, with sounds and music by Paolo Terni, scenic design and costumes by Arnaldo Pomodoro, made by Gianni Versace.
Opening on Thursday, June 23 at 6pm – Prelude by Paola Goretti.
On show splendid bronze masks, ornaments, armours, parade helmets, majestic jewels, stage-design models. In the halls 6 and 7, as part of the exhibition path, the volumes and opera librettos selected from the library collection of the museum. On the occasion, the famous Egyptian Hall is open to the public. This extraordinary hidden treasure of Palazzo Sanguinetti - housing the Museum, was decorated by Gaetano Lodi. Native Bologna artist, he studied the immense painting and iconography corpus of 14th and 12th BC Egyptian art over several stays in Cairo where he decorated one of the dining rooms of the Ghisec harem, plus other decorations in the Khedivale palace, from 1873 to 1877. He also made the drawings for a Richard Ginori tableware set for the viceroy.
La Passione di Cleopatra. Visioni e maschere di Arnaldo Pomodoro is one of the side events organized by Istituzione Bologna Musei on the occasion of the great exhibition Egitto. Splendore millenario, at Museo Civico Archeologico until July 17th.
La Passione di Cleopatra. Visioni e maschere di Arnaldo Pomodoro is promoted by Museo Internazionale e Biblioteca della musica di Bologna in collaboration with Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro - Milano, and Museo Civico Archeologico – Bologna.