Calvino Cantafavole Exhibition at Palazzo Ducale

Italo Calvino’s imagination and Italian fairy tales come to life at the Loggia degli Abati, with “Calvino Cantafavole” displayed at Palazzo Ducale from October 15, 2023, to April 7, 2024

In celebration of the centenary of Italo Calvino’s birth, Palazzo Ducale in Genoa, at the Loggia degli Abati, will host “Calvino Cantafavole from October 15 to April 7, 2023; an exhibition that, through various contributions, illustrations, videos, and various art forms, tells the story of Calvino’s relationship with the world of fairy tales.

Calvino and Fairy Tales 

Italo Calvino and Italian fairy tales have been a constant presence in the lives of Italian children. The writer from Sanremo, by collecting the most beautiful Italian fairy tales, also narrated our culture. From 1954 to 1956, Calvino collected and rewrote the most beautiful tales from the rich Italian tradition, region by region, blending them with his own creativity and narrative skills, becoming captivated by them himself. The result is a work that creates an extraordinary imaginary world that is still relevant and popular today.


The Exhibition

Curated by Eloisa Morra and Luca Scarlini, the exhibition follows the author’s writings, connecting them with the visions of his fellow painters and artists such as Carlo Levi, Francesco Menzio, Enrico Paulucci, and many others. It also explores his long collaboration with Emanuele Luzzati, featuring the illustrations of the Genoese master and the RAI productions in which Luzzati participated in. The exhibition focuses on two main themes: the presence of artists whom Calvino wrote about and theatrical representation, both in the productions co-written with fellow Genoese Luciano Berio and in the stage productions (for theater and television) of an artist particularly dear to Calvino: Giulio Paolini. 


A Valuable Collaboration 

The exhibition runs parallel with “Favoloso Calvino” at the Scuderie del Quirinale, which also celebrates the centenary of the writer’s birth. It marks a new collaboration between the Scuderie del Quirinale, one of Italy’s most prestigious museums, the Fondazione Ducale, the Liguria Region, and the City of Genoa. The opening will take place in two locations: on October 12 in Rome and on Saturday, October 14, in the halls of Ducale. 


For more information, please visit: [Calvino Cantafavole at Palazzo Ducale]( 

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