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Eleonora Duse and Vera Komissarževskaja

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Starting from March, visitors can admire two extraordinary exhibits.
The first takes place in the spaces of the new "Manica Lunga", Foundation librarian complex, taken  from the old dormitory of the Benedictine fathers, that has provided amazing nucleus not only on the history of Venice, but also on literature, music, theater, and art history.
Vera Komissarzhevskaja meet Eleonora Duse, open until May 15, is an exhibition on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Vera Fedorovna Komissarzhevskaja, which deepens the figure and the career of the actress.
From the collaboration between the State Theatre Museum in St. Petersburg, Moscow's Bakhrushin Museum and archive Duse of the Cini Foundation, was born a dialogue between the  "Johanna of Arch" of Russia and the “divine” of Italian Theatre scene, built by a rich selection of documentary materials.
The second, The laboratory of the actress. Annotated scripts of Eleonora Duse, is open until September 30, 2015, and is an original review dedicated to the undisputed icon of Italian and international theatre of the early twentieth century.
An exposition of  a series of valuable scripts studied by the actress, works on whichshe intervened with clipboard, cuts, changes and annotations of various types, which opens a unique vision on his way to work and provide a unique insight into his process of reading and interpretation.
Complete the location photographs, playbills, reviews and letters on both, exhibited titles and the seven authors of works, from D' Annunzio to Ibsen to Shakespeare.

Foundation Time:
Mondays to Fridays by reservation only
Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 17
Library Hours:
from Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 16.30
Tickets: full € 10 – Reduced € 8.00


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