June 5, 2016 – September 4, 2016
As one of the most important texts in Italian literature, The Adventures of Pinocchio is the foundation upon which all stories involving moving figures are based. Indeed, when Carlo Collodi (1826 – 1890) published the novel in instalments (between 1881 and 1883), he not only created a puppet and brought him to life, but also set the stage for the development of puppet theatre as a whole. At the special exhibition at the Museum of Theatre Puppets, Pinocchio is depicted in his many forms: as a character in a novel, puppet, doll and hero of animation.
As part of that, the work of East-German puppet- artist Carl Schöder (1904 – 1997) is also featured. Schröder’s interest in the wooden rascal developed into one of the central themes of his life, eventually becoming the star of a film shot by GDR studio DEFA. Excerpts from the film, along with figures from Schröder’s different Pinocchio productions will be on show.