Forte dei Marmi’s Museo della Satira e della Caricatura (Museum of Satire and Caricature), founded in 1997 and sited inside the fortress built by Leopoldo I, picked up the baton of the lively, propositive cultural heritage of the Premio per la Satira Politica created in 1973 and has become the center par excellence for the conservation, collection, and study of materials of all kinds concerning the history of satire and caricature around the world. The museum’s holdings consist of:
Over the years, the museum has purchased collections and received donations of drawings; they have been indexed and catalogued and the data registered with the Superintendence for Architectural, Landscape, Historic, Artistic and Ethno-anthropological Heritage for the Provinces of Lucca and Massa Carrara to ensure that the drawings would be a public cultural asset and as such available to experts and scholars. The “mission” of Forte dei Marmi’s Museo della Satira e della Caricatura is to spread knowledge of the genre and contribute to the debate centering on the art of the satirical drawing, the graphic novel, and the satirical-humoristic cartoon, and how these forms recount the reality we live in. To this end, the museum stages exhibitions of the works of specific authors, retrospective or monographic shows, and exhibitions on themes of current interest, always with an eye to both the present and the past.
Franco A. Calotti
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