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An exhibition centred on the stage costumes and jewels of Puccini’s opera is the main event of the 2021 season of the art space. From 22 May to 21 November in Prato

Six months (22 May–21 November 2021) to visit the exhibition ‘Turandot and the Fantastic East of Puccini, Chini, and Caramba’, the highlight of the 2021 season at the Museo del Tessuto (Textile Museum) in Prato. The exhibit is the fruit of the recovery of a collection of stage costumes and jewels dating back to the world premiere of Puccini’s opera from the private wardrobe of soprano Iva Pacetti, from Prato. The exhibition, which aims to reconstruct the events that led the composer to choose genius decorator Galileo Chini to design the set for Turandot, staged for the first time at the Teatro alla Scala on 25 April 1926 directed by Arturo Toscanini, also features about 120 objects from the Chini collection from the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology in Florence as well as original sketches, drawings, and posters. Co-organizer of the exhibition, which extends over an area of ​​over 1,000 square meters, is the Museum System of the Florentine University, whose Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology houses a collection of over 600 eastern relics brought back by Chini after returning from his trip in Siam in 1913. The close collaborations with the Ricordi Historical Archive and the Giacomo Puccini Foundation were also decisive for its realization.


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