Milan Invites Visitors to Discover the Art of Nobel Winner Dario Fo

Dario Fo "Earthquake in L'Aquila"
Dario Fo’s “The Earthquake in L’Aquila”

Next month, the Italy Blogging Roundtable will celebrate our first anniversary. Jessica, Alexandra, Gloria, Rebecca, and I have enjoyed tackling a new topic each month, and we’ve especially enjoyed hearing from readers. In fact, we were so pleased with how our last invitation went for bloggers to join us at the Roundtable that we thought we’d extend another! This month, not only is the Italy Roundtable topic INVITATIONS, we’re inviting anyone who wants to participate to blog about one of the past year’s Roundtable topics. Our invitation details are at the bottom of this post. Now on to the post…

Calling Italian playwright Dario Fo a “Renaissance” man would probably irk him given his long history of questioning authority and mocking the status quo. But Fo, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1997 (one of six Italians to have won the literature prize) proves he is worthy of this nickname with the new exhibit of his art at Milan’s Palazzo Reale.

The incredibly colorful exhibit “Dario Fo: Lazzi, Sberleffi, Dipinti” (“Jokes, Mockery, Paintings) displays more than 400 of the writer’s paintings, drawings, and tapestries, many of which depict controversial subjects or figures, contain tongue-in-cheek and/or scathing commentary on current affairs in Italy, or touch on classical themes and stories. Painting titles include “Christmas at the Prison of San Vittore,” “Tower of Babel and the Messina Bridge,” and “The Earthquake in L’Aquila.” Fo even does his own version of “The Battle of Anghiari,” the painting that is sometimes to referred to as The Lost Leonardo. And, in true Renaissance fashion, Fo even paints himself into at least one of his own paintings. Visitors can tour a reproduction of Fo’s artist studio as well.

Says Fo of painting, “I always say I am an amateur actor and a professional painter.” After seeing the catalogue of Fo’s impressive oeuvre, I can’t help but think he could have easily made a living as a painter. Is there a Nobel Prize for Art yet?

“Dario Fo: Lazzi, Sberleffi, Dipinti” goes through June 3, 2012, at the Palazzo Reale in Milan. Tickets cost €9. Read more about the exhibit from the Milan Tourism Board or visit the official exhibition website.


Okay, okay…so I took creative license with this month’s theme “invitations.” But I think Dario Fo would approve.

Read the posts, leave comments, share them with your friends – and tune in next month for another Italy Blogging Roundtable topic.

Now, more about the Italy Blogging Roundtable anniversary:

As we’re preparing for the one-year anniversary of the formation of the Italy Roundtable, we’d like to invite you to choose one of the topics we’ve blogged about in the past year and write a post about it. We’ll highlight some of our favorites in our own Roundtable posts next month. Here’s a list of the topics we’ve covered so far – and remember, you can be as creative with your interpretation of it as you like! (We sure are…)

May 2011: Why I Write About Italy
June 2011: Driving
July 2011: Favorite Art in Italy
August 2011: vacation month, just like the Italians!
September 2011: “Back to School” or “What Italy Has Taught Me”
October 2011: Fall
November 2011: Comfort Food
December 2011: Gifts
January 2012: Crafts
February 2012: The Elements
March 2012: Roots
April 2012: Invitations (the post you’re reading now!)

Send one of us a link to your blog post or tag it with #ItalyRoundtable on Twitter so we can find it. Your deadline is May 1. Have fun and we look forward to reading your contributions!

Photo © Dario Fo


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