A Real Boy: The Many Lives of Pinocchio

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The IAMLA is delighted to announce the opening of a new original exhibition produced by the museum. A Real Boy: The Many Lives of Pinocchio explores the cultural origins, interpretations, and enduring appeal of one of the most popular characters in children’s literature. Written in 1883 by Italian author Carlo Collodi, The Adventures of Pinocchio has delighted generations.

The book has been translated into over 260 languages—a number exceeded only by the Bible. This original exhibition explores Collodi's work and its subsequent adaptations as well as Pinocchio’s status as a cultural icon. The exhibition, designed to engage visitors of all ages, is a journey into the many incarnations of a beloved character who has left an indisputable mark on our collective imagination.

Among the items on view is a first edition of The Adventures of Pinocchio, one of only six copies that remain in the world. The exhibit also explores Pinocchio as a muse in the arts and popular culture. Rare toys, costumes, and animation cels are featured along with dozens of items inspired by the naughty puppet turned real boy. 

SOURCE: Italian American Museum of Los Angeles

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