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The Pioneers of European Puppetry

One of the results of the project All Strings Attached: The Pioneers of European Puppetry was a travelling exhibition entitled The Pioneers of European Puppetry. Over two years (2015–2017), a travelling exhibition accompanied by numerous events such as puppet shows, professional workshops and lectures visited Slovenia, Croatia, Spain and Italy.
 
The exhibition focused on the presentation of the European puppetry in the first half of the 20th century by highlighting the life and work of three selected figures: Vittorio Podrecca from Italy, Milan Klemenčič from Slovenia and Hermenegildo Lanz from Spain.
 
The travelling exhibition aimed to display the life of these three pioneers in a professional and at the same time accessible way. The virtual exhibition aims to preserve its content for the future. 

Rome, 1914

Teatro dei Piccoli di Podrecca

In February Podrecca 1914 founded "Teatro dei Piccoli" together with Luigi Fornaciari, who worked for the music publishing company Casa Ricordi, and Giovanni Santoro, the Neapolitan marionettist and head of the by then well-established puppet theatre "I Fantocci di Santoro". While not an artist himself, Podrecca was a very talented producer and director eager to embrace novelties.

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Šturje, 1910–1914
Graz, 1917

Small Marionette Theatre

His first marionette performance The Dead Man in a Red Coat was staged in 1910, in his own living room, in Šturje near Ajdovščina. Following his first performance were the series of plays by Franz Poci. Little Marionette Theatre was interrupted by the First World War, as Klemenčič was called up among the first.

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“My main work as a painter was the marionette theatre and the performances there were my exhibitions.”

Granada, 1922–1923

Títeres de Cachiporra

Títeres de Cachiporra is the Spanish edition of popular glove puppets theatre. It is connected to the tradition of Italian Pulcinella, the French Giugnol, the German Kasperle and the English Punch. Lanz, Lorca and de Falla prepared a modern interpretation of the show in three parts: The Girl Who Waters Basil & The Nosy Prince, The Talkers and Mystery of the Magi.
 

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