The exhibition RUGGERO RUGGERI-UNA VITA IN SCENA celebrates, through photography, the figure and work of Ruggero Ruggeri (1871-1953), protagonist of Italian and international theater life. An unprecedented journey through the performing arts of theater and cinema to discover some masterpieces of Italian photography of the early 1900s.
A selection of 35 original vintage photographs chosen from a larger corpus belonged to the actor by the most important authors and photographic studios active in the field of portrait and stage photography between theater and cinema since the 10s until the 40s of the twentieth century. These include Mauro Camuzzi, Pietro Giacomelli, Montabone, Montacchini, Silvio Ottolenghi, Pesce, Ravagnan, etc. The photographic exhibition reconstructs a 360-degree portrait of Ruggero Ruggeri, Luigi Pirandello's favorite actor, through some scene photos of Non Si Sa Come (1935) or by Enrico IV (1922).
The relationship with the dramaturgy of T.S. Eliot in the Murder in the Cathedral (1946) and with the cinema, through an unpublished series of photographs from the film by Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia Quella Vecchia Canaglia (1934) and the film by Jean De Limur, Papà Lebonnard (1939). A suggestive series of scene photographs of the theater piece Deburau presents Ruggero Ruggeri in the guise of the famous French mime during the successes of the Milanese representations of 1934. Photography as a form to immortalize what in the performing arts is by nature ephemeral, focuses on the action and masks of Ruggero Ruggeri, giving us back this great actor to put it better in Pirandello's words, the "Maestro d’ogni composto ardire".