Eleonora Duse | Courtesy Fondazione Giorgio Cini
The Institute for Theater and Melodrama, directed by Maria Ida Biggi, presents a series of exhibitions dedicated to the important anniversary of 2024, which celebrates the hundredth anniversary of the death of Eleonora Duse, aimed at deepening a specific aspect of the biographical and artistic story of the Italian actress, namely her relationship with Venice and the Veneto (2022), success in Italy in the national theatrical context (2023) and international fame (2024). Designed to make Eleonora Duse's personal archive visible on the Island of San Giorgio, the Duse Room reopens its doors by hosting the first of these exhibitions entitled «If This Enthusiasm Lasts for Me, I'll End Up Like Narcissus.» A Photographic Journey into the Life of the Great Actress. Part I Eleonora and Venice, curated by Maria Ida Biggi and Marianna Zannoni, focusing on Duse's deep bond with the lagoon city and with the entire Veneto region. For the occasion, a rich selection of the photographic collection of the Duse Archive is exhibited, which portrays the actress in private moments and while posing in stage clothes, together with a series of objects and documents that belonged to the Italian actress.