Amleto and Donato Sartori International Mask Museum at Abano Terme: the only one of its kind in the world, housing the prestigious works of Amleto Sartori and his son Donato, internationally renowned artists, creators of masks for the “Commedia dell’Arte” and theatre generally.
The ‘Maschere e Strutture Gestuali’ centre inaugurated Amleto and Donato Sartori International Mask Museum at Abano Terme on 30th December 2004 in the 18th-century Trevisan Savioli villa. This modern and dynamic museum focuses on Amleto and Donato Sartori’s (father and son) personality and artistic life and displays a prestigious collection created after a meticulous international research. Amleto Sartori was a poet and a sculptor who devoted his last years to the study of Italian mask’s origins. He created masks for the revived Commedia dell’Arte for the plays of Strehler, De Bosio, Barrault, for the greatest Harlequin of the 20th century Marcello Moretti, and for Eduardo De Filippo and other important European actors and directors. After his father’s death, in addition to his own work as a sculptor, Donato Sartori carried on the collaboration with the Piccolo Teatro, in Milan, and started working together with various artists, such as Dario Fo, Peter Oskarson and, more recently, Moni Ovadia. He also went on working for the most important French directors and actors and started a new collaboration with the American and European avant-guard theatre, contributing not only to dramatic productions, but also to multimedia and multidisciplinary works. In 1979, together with Paola Pizzi and Paolo Trombetta, he founded the ‘Maschere e Strutture gestuali’ centre and began an independent research that, starting from sculpture, led him to investigate ‘total masking’ and ‘urban masking’, the latter of which he experienced in many European and American cities, and also in Japan, Russia, China and Australia.
Via Savioli 2, Abano Terme (PD)
Tel +39 049 8601642
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