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The Magic of the Ring: Tolkien Art exhibition in Italy

International Press Release:

from Tolkien to Jackson

24th January – 22nd March, 2015
Comics, Illustration and Animated Picture Museum of Milan
Viale Campania 12 – Milan –
Tickets: 5 € (reduced 3 €) – Tuesday to Friday, opening 15.00-19.00; Saturday and Sunday until 20.00


From 24th January to 22nd March, WOW Spazio Fumetto – Museo del Fumetto di Milano turns into Middle-Earth hosting the great art exhibition La Magia dell’Anello (The Magic of the Ring), curated by Riccardo Mazzoni, vice-director of WOW Spazio Fumetto, Ninni Dimichino, chairman of the Italian Tolkien Society and Davide Martini, expert in Tolkien Art, dedicated to the saga of The Lord of the Rings, starting from the involving figure of its author J.R.R. Tolkien up to the lucky movie adaptations by Peter Jackson.

The exhibition is characterized by an extraordinary – never seen before – corpus of original artworks, mostly published, composing its chronological development and so following the tale of J.R.R. Tolkien’s life and his books’. About a hundred artworks have been selected by the Art Director of Greisinger Museum, Davide Martini, coming from the museum itself, the only one dedicated to Middle-Earth all over the world, from Dama Collection, actually the second collection of art inspired by Tolkien’s world, and by courtesy of various artists for a cultural offer devised in order to give the visitors the opportunity to encounter and come to know the history of the figurative genre based on the tales of J.R.R. Tolkien.

But The Magic of the Ring isn’t “just” even this magnificent figurative art exhibition! According to the subtitle, the path ends displaying the turning point of Peter Jackson’s cinematic adaptation, also through an interactive map of Middle-Earth connected with a screen that projects scenes related to that particular chosen place, WETA’s unique sculptures, dioramas, the amazing sartorial reproductions of the stage dresses made by Veerena Cosplay (where cosplay could be an euphemism, seen the quality) and more. Rare pieces also and especially from the editorial side, including the Greisinger Museum first editions of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, then autograph editions, along with copies of Tolkien himself’s illustrations and other editions from all over the world.

Then the projections of the fanfilms Tolkien’s Road and the Italian Daries of the Third Age, the continuous card game sessions, elvish calligraphy courses, inspired music concerts, and of course, conferences on the most recent Italian and International Tolkien Studies.

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