Fornasetti Theatrum Mundi is the exhibition hosted in the monumental complex of the Pilotta in Parma. The initiative is part of the program of “Revitalizations of the Contemporary” organized for Parma 2020, the Emilian city’s turn as Italian Capital of Culture.
The exhibition stages a dialogue between the architecture and works of the Pilotta and the imaginary of Piero and Barnaba Fornasetti, creating a true theater of the world: a network of iconographic and cultural links and impressions, bringing new keys of interpretation to objects and images
A true ‘Theatrum’ in the 16th-century meaning of the term, reflecting the infinite variety of the world, the encyclopedic unity of knowledge sought by classicism, both in the Renaissance and in the 1700s, in the playful interpretation of Fornasetti.
The itinerary winds through nuclei connected with the main themes of Fornasetti’s work: ruins and the use of the past as fragment, architecture, music, theme and variations, drawing, graphics, collecting, the everyday object and the dimension of illusions and dreams.