The exhibition "Giorgio Strehler. Un uomo per Milano, un teatro per l’Europa"(A man for Milan, a theatre for Europe), created by the Bracco Foundation in collaboration with the Accademia Teatro alla Scala, CDI - Italian Diagnostic Centre and the Piccolo Teatro in Milan, inaugurates in Milan on Monday, December 15th at the headquarters of CDI (Via Saint Bon 20) where it remains until March 31, 2015, after which it will move to a "preferred" location- the cloister of the Piccolo Teatro.
An exhibition dedicated to Giorgio Strehler, a key figure of the short twentieth century, one of the undisputed protagonists of the history of theatre. The exhibition is part of the palimpsest "Milano Cuore d'Europa"(Milan Heart of Europe), created by the City of Milan to express the City's commitment to Europe, during the semester of the Italian Presidency of the EU Council. That same attitude that Strehler was able to discover, interpret and enhance.
The director was born in Trieste and it is from his hometown where he gets the multiculturalism that will be the hallmark in ferrying Milan, and its theatre, outside the city and national boundaries to make it the "heart" of an innovative season of cultural activities. The work of Giorgio Strehler and Paolo Grassi is grafted on the rubble of World War II; the two intellectuals draw strength from the life-blood of civil education, from the country's desire to rebuild determined to regain its place in the assembly of European nations. The Piccolo Teatro was founded in 1947 and, after a few decades, with the creation of the Théâtre de l'Europe in 1983, the dream of a transnational theatre was realised.
The exhibition winds through images taken from Strehler's most famous works, stolen shots behind the scenes of representations and archive photos depicting the director with famous figures who have marked the national and international cultural history, such as Arturo Toscanini and Bertolt Brecht.
The catalogue of the exhibition is enhanced by precious unpublished interviews of people who have lived, worked and met the director. The statements add intimate traits, little known, unusual angles in a portrait that, far from wanting to be exhaustive, aims to provide another opportunity for those who draw near, curious, to this great figure.