At the MANN in Naples an exhibition on Lucio Dalla

The MANN in Naples welcomes from March 4 to June 25, 2023 the exhibition "Lucio Dalla. Il sogno di essere napoletano," dedicated to the great Bolognese singer-songwriter who would have turned 80 this year.

From March 4 to June 25, 2023, the National Archaeological Museum in Naples will host an exhibition dedicated to Lucio Dalla (Bologna, 1943 - Montreux, 2012), opened on the occasion of the singer-songwriter’s 80th birthday. It is Lucio Dalla. Il sogno di essere napoletano (The dream of being Neapolitan), an exhibition dedicated to the human and musical genius of the artist: a journey that starts from childhood and traces a path of life and collective memory, to the rhythm of the notes of his songs.

The exhibition, promoted by MANN National Archaeological Museum of Naples, directed by Paolo Giulierini, and Lucio Dalla Foundation with Ministry of Culture, with the collaboration and support of Campania Region and Campania Festival Foundation is organized and produced by C.O.R. Creare Organizzare Realizzare, special partner Lavoropiù. The exhibition, curated by Alessandro Nicosia with the Lucio Dalla Foundation, is part of the Il MANN per la città initiatives and sees the participation of Archivio Luce Cinecittà with the patronage of RAI and the technical collaboration of SIAE Società Italiana degli Autori e degli Editori, Universal Music Publishing Group, Grand Hotel Vesuvio and BIG|Broker Insurance Group. Skira publisher catalog.

The exhibition encompasses fifty years of Lucio Dalla’s history and is the result of a long search for materials, many of which are on display for the first time, documenting the entire human and artistic journey of one of Italy’s and the world’s most beloved artists. Lucio Dalla made a unique and innovative mark on the history of Italian music: a storyteller of life and sounds who with biting irony and poetic gaze won the hearts of many, not only a musician but also an actor, writer, theater director, sports lover and passionate about motors, dance, opera, painting, literature, with an impressive number of interests.

Thus, through documents, photos, record covers, videos, objects, stage clothes, posters of the films in which he participated, posters, the rich collection of hats and caps, it will be possible to discover Lucio’s intimacy and experience the power of his music. The sections into which the exhibition is divided: His Music, Family-Birth-Friendships-Musical Beginnings, Dalla Tells Himself, The Clarinet, Dalla and Naples, Cinema, Theater, Television, Dalla and Roversi, Universo Dalla, The Lucio Dalla Museum. The unpublished section “Dalla and Naples” is dedicated to the relationship between the singer and the capital of Campania, a city that inevitably enchanted him and a great source of inspiration for his songs.

Along with documents that tell us about his life, art and passions, the exhibition will offer viewers the opportunity for a unique and special encounter with the artist. The exhibition will also be enriched by an important catalog published by Skira that contains history, images and also a long list of extraordinary testimonies that help to understand in depth his eclectic character.

For all information you can visit the MANN Naples website.

Image: Lucio Dalla at the inauguration of the Caruso Roof Garden at the Grand Hotel Vesuvio, 2010 Grand Hotel Vesuvio Naples

At the MANN in Naples an exhibition on Lucio Dalla
At the MANN in Naples an exhibition on Lucio Dalla