Three Days to Go! La Dolce Vita: A memory of Italy that sparks inspiration.
In the last days of the campaign, we wanted to share William's inspiration for one of the final figures that your support has made possible.
La Dolce Vita
My parents took me and my sister on a summer holiday to Rome in 1961. I was 6 and mesmerised by a city and world so utterly different to the suburban Johannesburg I had lived in. I think it was the terror of the bocce de la verita as much as the Trevi Fountains and fettuccine alfredo that transfixed me. At any rate since that first exposure to Italy I have felt a closeness to the country that is more than mere historical or art historical interest. When I saw La Dolce Vita (made in 1961, but I saw it only in 1979 )the connection was both to the filmmaking and to the memory of a child inRome.
So when in 2012 I started thinking about images of triumphs and laments, one of the glories of Rome that I wanted to celebrate was that image of The Trevi Fountain with Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Eckberg, in a moment of wished for exuberance and freedom. When all seems possible - as it did to that 6 year old. To put it into the procession (and it is the penultimate image, ) the trevi fountain had to be shrunk into a bathtub.
Thank you to everyone who has joined us in this epic adventure. And its not too late to be a part of it with this limited edition print.
Limited edition lithograph made from one of the ink drawings for William Kentridge’s project for the walls of the Tiber River in Rome, Triumphs & Laments. This particular image is from the famous scene in Fellini’s film La Dolce Vita where Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni wade into the Trevi fountains.
Hand printed lithograph, chine collé, letterpress and relief print from laser cut block Paper : Zerkall Butten 100 gsm supported by Magnani Incisioni 310 gsm 21.5 x 17.7 in / 54.5 x 45 cm edition of 60