Friday, February 19, 2010

Mario Mariotti's Animani

Mario with his daughter Francesca 

Last Sunday I visited Animani, an exhibiton of Mariotti's works 
at the Museo degli Innocenti in Firenze.

This original and playful artist-craftsman was one of the most fertile creative forces 
in 1960s-80s Firenze. He was much loved for his generous and ironic spirit, which combined 
an independent nature with the ability to engage the city and its artists community in innovative 
projects and performances. I did not have the privilege to meet Mario, but have heard many stories
from friends who were close to him about the inventive artworks, games, tricks, installations
and events originated in his legendary workshop. 

Firenze is so bountyful with ancient beauty that it doesn't tend to pay much attention 
to its contemporary talents, so it was nice to finally see the first exhibition in Mariotti's honor
since he passed away almost thirteen years ago. Francesca, who collaborated on the Animani projects, 
has continued her father's work and is one of the forces behind both the art show 
and the exhaustive website which now documents many of his activities.

Animani is a series of children's books produced between 1980 and 1994 that feature
Mario and Francesca's painted hands interpeting human and animal characters. 
The creatures above are from the volumes Animani (1980) and Rimani (1988). 

On show in the exhibition and website are some of the photos' preparatory sketches.
The American edition Hanimations was published by Kane/Miller in 1989.

In the 1980s Mariotti also created a series of Animani animations for Italian, German 
and Japanese producers, and some of these rare videos are on view at the exhibition. 
Above is one of the storyboards from Mariotti's website.


  1. What a wonderful world this is, playful, colourful and so creative. A joy to see here, really.

  2. Oh wow Laura, these are ultra terrific! Thanks for introducing me to Mariotti's Animani work, love every last bit... amazing. :~)

  3. This is extremely creative and well done. Thanks for introducing me to it.



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