23.11.2012 - 24.03.2013
One-hundred years after the death of Bram Stoker, the writer that published the legendary Dracula in 1897 is to be honored in an exhibit at Milan’s Triennale November 23rd, 2012 - March 24th, 2013.
The exhibit, entitled “Dracula and the Legend of Vampires,” pays tribute to one of the oldest, most mysterious and most evocative stories ever written: 100 works are on display, among which are paintings, etchings, designs, documents, historical objects, costumes and video. The items illuminate the figure of Dracula/the Vampire, starting with the historical context and arriving at its literary and cinematic transfiguration, touching on the sociological implications of the myth of Dracula.
An authentic voyage into the world of vampires that, at the same time, analyzes both the historical and modern contexts, compares objects, designs, and the men who wore the garments of Dracula, from earlier epochs to the current day.
The exhibit is further enriched by a focus on the vampiress, utilizing reconstructions curated by costume historian Giulia Mafai; the splendid vestments for the “female Vamp” from film and the stage are embodied by Elizabeth Bathory (and as described in the novel Carmilla), superimposing the concept of the woman that destroys with her powers of seduction.
The history of costumes also opens the doors to “The Design of the Vampire,” via a narration in images of the abodes and places frequented by the Gothic monster; the Gothic - naturally - also pervades a theme realized by the architect Italo Rota, reflecting on Dracula as “architect of the city.”
The exposition ends with special homage paid to Guido Crepax, with 18 as yet-unpublished designs that illustrate an encounter between Dracula and Valentina, one of his most celebrated creations.