A Thousand and One Cinderella

Illustrations, adaptations, familiar and unfamiliar items



Central National Library of Rome

November 8th 2012 – January 31st 2013


The exhibition A Thousand and One Cinderellas is related to the conference Cinderella as a text of culture and has an international and a cross-disciplinary approach.

The emphasis is set on visual representations of Cinderella’s tale in its different geo-cultural backgrounds. The exhibit will present illustrations coming, among others, from the Museum for Children’s Literature in Warsaw, from the Central National Library of Rome and from private collections and from other contributors.

A wide range of associated events to take place in the context of the exhibition is planned:

  1. Meetings with famous illustrators of children’s books from different countries (including Roberto Innocenti from Italy and Bohdan Butenko from Poland);
  2. Screenings of historical and national films based on the Cinderella story: Three nuts for Cinderella (Czech film1973), animated versions of Cinderella (Canadian, German, Russian etc.), Rossini’s Cenerentola (records from the archives of the Opera House of Rome);
  3. Cinderella’s Slipper Around the World – a cycle of workshops for schools (in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Public Education);
  4. The exhibition is planned to close with the charity auction ” A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes”. A selection of items donated to the exhibition will be sold in order to help the foundation “Make a Wish”, which works to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

The exhibition includes three thematic sections, consisting of information boards, library materials and archives, audiovisual materials and multimedia.

1. Textual and visual transformation of Cinderella:

A seventeenth-century edition of  Basile’s Pentamerone, other ancient Italian editions, nineteenth-century editions of the Brothers Grimm, early editions of Perrault’s Cinderella, the manuscript of Cinderella by Massimo Bontempelli, the manuscript of the poem Cinderella by Yevgeny Yevtushenko;

Cindarella’s iconographic tradition: the tale narrated through pictures (illustrations from Italian, Polish and Germany libraries and private collections);

 Retellings and reinterpretations of Cinderella.

2. Cinderella in Music (in collaboration with the Opera House of Rome):

Costumes, musical scores, sketches, records and other materials from the historical archives of the Opera House of Rome;

 3. Intercultural and Intersemiotic transformations of Cinderella (in collaboration with the Museum of Oriental Arts of Rome)

Posters, photos and other materials related to Cinderella-inspired films;

Interactive books, pop-up books, theater books and games;

Cinderella related objects (porcelain, matches, phone cards, stamps, dolls …);

A collection of shoes from the Museum of Oriental Art in Rome;

Cinderella’s shoe from the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum

A multimedia section (short clips from movies, short cartoons, commercials, and videogames)


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