The Fellini Foundation


The Fellini Foundation – Switzerland
International foundation for cinema and culture



General information

The Fellini Foundation : international and interdisciplinary activities

The Fellini Foundation for film, established 2001 in Sion, owns the largest collection in the world related to Federico Fellini and thousand other directors. These 15,000 documents, including drawings, photographs, scripts, letters, posters, artifacts, costumes, production stuff and press releases, were presented by the Fellini Foundation in fifty exhibitions and events in Paris (Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume), Rome (Macro), Venice (Palazzo Benzon), Milan (Gallery Cartiere Vannucci), Madrid and Barcelona (la Caixa Centres), Moscow (House photo), New York (Center548 ), Toronto, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo (Instituto Moreira Salles), in Switzerland, Lausanne (Musée de l'Elysée) and Sion where the foundation is based and has its cultural center. The Fellini Foundation has edited 25 publications including two books and monographs published by Gallimard in Paris. The Fellini Foundation established partnerships with other arts as for example in 2003 with the Bejart ballet which has specially produced a ballet named Ciao Federico for its exhibition Fellini Maestro del cinema which took place at the Palais de «Beaulieu in Lausanne». The Fellini Foundation produced several films. Recently a documentary has been made for Dialogue literature/paintings/cinema – Michel Butor/Luc Joly (Gallery Grenette, Sion, 9 November to 23 December 2012) a contemporary art exhibition presented in Sion as a world premiere.


Fellini Foundation and its partners

The Fellini Foundation established a cultural network in Switzerland and around the world between different partners sharing its cultural purposes. This project was presented to several international institutions, including the European Centre of Culture (CEC) in Geneva which supports our activities. This network of partners is far beyond the field of cinema and also relates to the art. Two partnerships have been concluded in 2012 with the Ludwig Museum Koblenz and Deutsch Museum, museum for Modern and Contemporary Art in Belmont-sur-Lausanne, which offers one of the best exhibition spaces in Switzerland. Finally, through these partnerships with the Cinémathèque Suisse, the Musée de l'Elysée, the Cinémathèque de France, the Historical Archives of cinema in Rome, Archives cinema of Cinemazero cultural center in Pordenone, la Maison d’Ailleurs in Yverdon/Switzerland, the Loubeau Brothers’ Collection in Paris, Fellini Foundation can also rely on more than his own collection to produce exhibitions about cinema.

A new form of cultural Network in line with technology and economy.

Financially sustained by the Department of Economy of the Canton of Valais and private partners, the Fellini Foundation has taken up the role, in its international exhibitions, of a cultural ambassador for the economy : as main cultural partner of the Exhibition Fellini La Grande Parade (Galeries Nationales du Jeu de Paume Paris, 2009), the foundation was also the supervisor of the State of Valais to the conclusion and monitoring of its Sponsorship for this exhibition. The Exhibition Fellini Otto e mezzo at the Palais Benzon in Venice, organised with the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic (August-September 2012), was supported by the Department of Economy of Valais. The Foundation produced also other world premiere as for example interactive magazines for iPad specially made for the exhibitions presented in its cultural center La Maison du diable - cinema and visual culture in Sion (historical residence whose name comes from an old local legend). The interactive iPad magazine offers to all visitors a look to archives, photos, sounds and music from its own collection or those of its partners’ collection for example interview with Fellini, Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale and such. An IPad interactive magazine has been made with the IT company Iomedia, based in Lausanne, which powered the internet site of Alinghi, America's Cup defender. Thanks to its collaboration with the French company On-Situ, the Foundation is also near to the new technologies. For exemple, an installation video and a slideshow in three dimensions had been created for the inauguration of the Fellini Foundation Center. On-Situ is a company commissioned by the Louvre Lens for stagecraft video. The Fellini foundation always attempts to develop its project with the economy and technology.