Deutsches Filmplakat zu «Il bidone», 1955, nach einer Zeichnung Fellinis, Sammlung des Deutschen PlakatMuseums im Museum Folkwang, Essen© 2022, ProLitteris, Zürich

Federico Fellini (1920–1993) is one of the most important directors in cinema history. Films such as ‘La strada’ (1954), ‘La dolce vita’ (1960), ‘Amarcord’ (1973) and ‘La città delle donne’ (1980) are classics.

They are incisive commentaries on Italian society but also on Western values in the 20th century. Less known is the fact that Fellini had been a tireless draughtsman since his youth, initially sketching out his  ideas on paper before arranging them on the set.

The presentation Federico Fellini: Von der Zeichnung zum Film includes some 500 exhibits: drawings, on-set photographs and props used in the films.