In January 2010, the library of Il Funaro Cultural Centre of Pistoia (Italy) was enriched with the valuable donation of the Andres Neumann’s Archive and Legacy including his professional archives as well as his theatrical library of books, posters and videos.
The Archive is one of the most important collections of documentary heritage concerning the history of Performing Arts worldwide during the last forty years, including the history of Andres Neumann International, an agency that since 1978 has been an essential reference point for cutting edge international artists such as Peter Brook, Tadeusz Kantor, Dario Fo, Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni, Ingmar Bergman, Pina Bausch, Luca Ronconi, Andrzej Wajda, Robert Wilson and the Living Theatre, and which has brought to life memorable productions such as Peter Brook’s The Mahabharata, Ingmar Bergman’s Hamlet, and Pina Bausch’s Palermo Palermo.
The Archive consists of a complex range of document types, containing some 60.000 single pieces, broken down among contracts, correspondence with major personalities of the international stage, portfolios, set designs, photos, press reviews, flyers, theatre programs and posters, as well as a selection of audio-visual material.
The documents bear witness of a lifetime activity, and give a precise insight of the work of many of 20th century Masters of the Performing Arts.
These documents are now made accessible to those, who for reasons of passion, study or work, wish to make use of them.
The Archive and Legacy have found in Mrs. Giada Petrone the starting point for the recognition of it’s value, as well as giving the documents a first order. The task of analysing, digitizing and cataloguing the assets is beeing executed in cooperation with the University of Florence since 2012.
Andres Neumann: Producer of the Archive
Massimiliano Barbini: Responsible of Il Funaro Cultural Center Library and Documentation.
Giada Petrone: Responsible for Andres Neumann’s Archive and Legacy.
PROJECTS IN PROGRESS.
Digital memory of contemporary Performing Arts.
Andres Neumann Archive and Legacy (2012-2013)
The project sponsored by the Department of History, Archaeology, Geography, Arts and Performance of the University of Florence, under the Direction and Scientific Supervision of Prof. Renzo Guardenti, aims to promote and enhance the Andres Neumann Archive and Legacy through digitizing the stored documents and cataloguing them according to the most reliable methods of our time, in order to enhance their value as a source for the history of contemporary Performing Arts.
The project has been funded jointly by:
University of Florence and the Cassa di Risparmio di Pistoia e Pescia Foundation.
Renzo Guardenti: Scientific Supervisor.
Maria Fedi: Scientific Coordinator.
Giada Petrone: Responsible for the Andres Neumann’s Archive and Legacy.
Viola Fantoni, Diletta Landi, Claudia Renzi: Digitizing and Cataloguing.
Project to enhance, promote and give value to the Andres Neumann Archive and Legacy (under way).
The project, developed by Andres Neumann and Giada Petrone, aims to give value and promote the entire Andres Neumann Archive and Legacy, including the documents prior to 1972 (the Latin American period), the documents concerning the 1972 to 2000 period (in Europe), as well as the current archive of Andres Neumann, starting from the year 2000 up to the present day.
The project intends to present work and give insight, by means of interviews, lectures, exhibitions, live performances, the internet, YouTube and other media, on the subject of events and performances presented and produced by Andres Neumann International in 30 years of activity.
The Numbers of Andres Neumann’s Legacy and Archive at Il Funaro Cultural Center (Pistoia-Italy)
(as of September 2015)
55 are the years covered by the entire Legacy (1960-2015)
45 are the years covered by the donated documents (1970-2015)
3 are the sections composing the Archive
175 are the boxes that have been moved between Rome and Pistoia in 2009
15 are the times the archive has been relocated between continents, countries and cities between 1972 and 2015
70.000 are the items being held by Il Funaro Cultural Center
5.000 are the digitized documents
2286 are the cards of catalogued data
500 are the cataloged books
200 are the cataloged magazines
500 are the cataloged videos
100 are the cataloged posters
750 are the digitized photos
40.000 is the amount of euros received for this endeavor
15 is the number of persons involved in the process of giving value to the Archive
75 is the number of month spend on this endeavor
9 are the languages of the documents
10% of the total files produced by Andres Neumann in 55 years is the existing Archive, the rest went astray
5 are the graduation thesis on the argument
3 are the publications on the argument