24 March-3 June 2012. Palazzo Reale pays homage to Dario Fo, satirist, playwright, theatre director, actor, composer and Nobel prize for literature in 1997. On display are over 400 works by the great Italian artist, which illustrate the central role played by painting and drawing in Fo’s life and career. The exhibition starts with his very first oil paintings, which date back to the beginning of his career, when he attended the Brera Academy; there are also some monumental acrylics, drawings, watercolours, sketches, collages and tapestries. The exhibitory path includes a series of scene objects, masks, puppets, costume sketches, set designs, posters and prints, which have become an integral part of the Theatre Company, founded by Fo and his wife the actress Franca Rame. His dramatic work employs comic methods of an ancient Italian theatrical style based on stage improvisation, better known as commedia dell'arte. He currently owns and operates a theatre company with his wife, actress Franca Rame. His works are characterized by criticisms and deal with social problems such as organized crime, political corruption, political murders, Catholic policy on abortion and conflict in the Middle East.
Among his famous plays is Mistero Buffo (Funny Mistery), which has been in 30 languages.
Mon 14.30-19.30, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun 09.30-19.30, Thurs, Sat 09.30-22.30.