Matteo Fato, L’avventura del giglio selvatico, 2018. Courtesy Monitor, Rome - Lisbon
Tuesday 15 January 2019 ore 18:30 - ore 20:00

Books at MAXXI.L’avventura del giglio selvatico by Søren Kierkegaard

Graziella Lonardi Buontempo – admittance free subject to availability of places
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An extraordinary and ruthless fable that pulls no punches

During their lifetimes, the philosopher Kierkegaard and the writer Andersen exchanged few words and few compliments. While Andersen was increasingly famous and highly praised as an author of fables in Denmark and elsewhere, Kierkegaard was secretly working on his own style of fable: severe, inexorable, investigating, even for children, the concept of anxiety. L’avventura del giglio selvatico is one of these extraordinary, anomalous fables contrasting with the kings and princesses of the tradition, with Andersen’s ugly duckling and little mermaid. Kierkegaard, however, never actually published a book of fables; Gianni Garrera has traced among Kierkegaard’s writings this hidden fable, now published by Quodlibet and illustrated by Matteo Fato with stark, spare drawings.

Introduced by
Bartolomeo Pietromarchi Director, MAXXI Arte

Matteo Fato artist
Gianni Garrera musical philologist and translator
Giuseppe Garrera art historian, collector and bibliophile

An event in collaboration with Monitor Roma