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Museo della Satira e della Caricatura

Collection: Contemporary and old satirical pictures
Area: Versilia
District/Locality: Forte dei Marmi
Address: Fortress of Leopoldo I, Piazza Garibaldi
Phone: 0584 2801 (Town Council) 0584-876277 (exhibition)
Fax: 0584-787565 (foundation)

The Forte dei Marmi Museum of satire and caricatures is housed in the Forte di Leopoldo I; it continues the idea of the ¿Satira Politica¿ Prize and has become a centre of conservation, collection and study of material on the history of satire and caricatures from all over the world. The Museum possesses original drawings of both contemporary and past artists, a specialised library with more than 2500 volumes, a video library and a multimedia archive; it also organizes exhibitions on both contemporary and past satire.
Every year since 1973, in September, the ¿Città di Forte dei Marmi¿ Foundation together with Municipality, Tuscan Regional Authorities and Province of Lucca organises the ¿Satira Politica¿ Prize. This is an international competition that has seen the participation of authors like David Levine, Jule Feiffer, Garry Trudeau, Gore Vidal, Ralph Steadman and Pancho in the fields of journalism, literature, graphics and media (radio, television, cabaret).

guided tours:Guided tours outside the opening hours are possible upon request.
programs for schools:Upon request guided tour of the latest exhibition with a short introduction about the history of satire and caricatures.
Please contact: Cinzia Bibolotti or Franco Calotti 0584-82966
Historycal news

The collection of the museum has been built up in the course of years thanks to the donation of private deposits and collections, the purchase of both old and contemporary originals, the co-operation with the most important satirical journals all over the world as well as with associations of cartoonists and foreign museums.
The rich collection of original satirical drawings, both past and present and old lithographic prints from the museum¿s archives is exposed periodically during temporary exhibitions and is open to consultation by scholars and experts.
The specialised museum¿s library contains books, catalogues, satirical albums, material on the history of satire, as well as Italian and foreign satirical journals and periodicals. It includes the ¿Paolo Moretti¿ collection with its ca. 1000 books, satirical journals and periodicals from 1945 up to the present day. A CD-Rom on the History of Satire is in preparation, a sort of virtual museum with the help of which it will be possible to travel in time, following the historical development of satire from its origin until today; it will be also available on Internet, representing a specialised and so far unique data base in this sector: the ¿virtual museum¿, indeed, will contain a vast archive of files with information on authors and satirical journals, drawings and multimedial introductions.
Summer time

Middle of June until September: every day: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. - midnight. Sundays open also 10.30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Winter time

From September 14: Tuesday- Sunday from 16 to 20

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How to reach

by car:A12 motorway, exit Versilia. Turn right and continue until you reach the third traffic lights; here you turn left: Piazza Garibaldi with its Fortress of Leopoldo I is about 1 ½ km away.
You can also reach Querceta from the Aurelia and then turn towards the coast in Via Federigi at the traffic lights. After about 5 km you reach the Forte dei Marmi centre, Piazza Garibaldi with its Leopoldo I fortress.
Those travelling along the coastal road can reach the wharf of Forte dei Marmi and from there turn inland: Piazza Garibaldi is only 100 m. away.
parking place:Free on the side towards the mountains, with parking disc and parking meter in the immediate surroundings.
pubblic transport:Clap and Lazzi buses or Versilia shuttle; nearest railway station in Querceta (5 Km).

- Cataloghi Premio Satira Politica Forte dei Marmi1982-2000
- "Il rovescio della medaglia", I quaderni del Museo della Satira, Forte dei Marmi 2000
- AA.VV., Lorenzo Viani. Il segno caricato tra satira e provocazione, catalogo mostra, 1996

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