An Online Exhibition on the Strasberg Method and the realistic school of acting thanks to Italian actor Giovanni Morassutti and Google Arts & Culture.

As it turns out, Giovanni Morassutti, Italian actor, theatre director and long time student and collaborator of John Strasberg currently filming Italian movie Fra due battiti alongside Remo Girone, has an art related project in the pipeline, too. His cultural center, Art Aia – Creatives / In / Residence, in collaboration with Google Arts and Culture, will launch an online exhibition, on the history and peculiarities of the discussed “Method” from Stanislavsky to Lee Strasberg.
While studying in the US, Morassutti worked with Ellen Stewart, founder of La MaMa etc and Gus Van Sant among others, and has had direct experience with Susan Strasberg, at the Actors Studio in New York and with his mentor John Strasberg.

From September 28th, the online exhibition “Strasberg Legacy” will be available on Art Aia – Creatives / In / Residence on Google Arts & Culture. It will retrace in detail the history of the realistic school of acting, from its beginnings in Russia to John Strasberg’s Organic Creative Process. Part of the story will be narrated by Strasberg himself through rare interviews conducted by Giovanni Morassutti under the portico of the church of St Anthony of Padua at Art Aia – Creatives / In / Residence and also in Berlin during a Masterclass, through a John Strasberg’s audio recording of visiting Berlin with his family in the early 60s while the wall was being just built. There will also be curiosities about Marylin Monroe and her coach Paula, second wife of Lee Strasberg and mother of John and Susan. The story will be narrated in a new way for the audience to learn what is beyond the famous Method Acting, The Strasberg family and the Actors Studio of New York.
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The Actors Studio in New York. Drawing by Jill Gill

Giovanni Morassutti said: “I am very pleased to partner with Google Arts & Culture. I feel that this is an important step in the realization of my dream and I am glad my project is getting recognized. I believe that good art, like good theater can tell the truth and that it is essential to reconnect with our emotions especially in this moment of change. The search for truth in artistic expression is basically the basis of the work of the realistic school of acting.”

Over 200 artefacts from Art Aia – Creatives / In / Residence, including rare videos like an interview with composer Yukio Tsuji explaining his latest projects and his inspiring experience at Morassutti’s art residency and images from the art residency related to visual arts can be viewed online on Google Arts & Culture.
Thanks to a partnership between the Italian art center and Uronto artist community some images and ‘stories’ will also reveal the fascinating narratives behind unique objects such as “What Remains”, a scroll painting (Pattachitra) realized by Fouzia Mahin Choudhury at the Dubalhati Palace in Bangladesh painted using an ancient traditional style where Mythological narratives or folktales are inscribed on a cloth base surface with drawings. With the art residencies coming online, more people can now learn about the activities of the art center and discover some interesting facts about it. Users will also be able to see art projects, meet interdisciplinary artists from all over the world and dive into the Berlin independent art scene in just a few clicks.

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The Group Theatre. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Some of the most important items of the online exhibitions are:

● An interview under the porch of the Small Church of St Anthony of Padua at Art Aia – Creatives / In / Residence with John Strasberg, son of Lee Stasberg, director of the Actors Studio.
● Sustainability in the arts. Visiting artists meeting an Italian Prince in the lands of Friuli Venezia Giulia.
● Unusual spaces for art and culture in Berlin and its vital creative community.
● Uronto Artist Community at The Dubolhati Palace in Bangladesh and some of its art practice and their ancient traditional style.
● Mappe fluide. Site-specific installations in an old stable from the end of the 19th century reused as an art and exhibiting space of the art center.

What is Art Aia – Creatives / In / Residence ?

Art Aia – Creatives / In / Residence is an international art residency located near the municipality of Sesto al Reghena in the north-eastern Italian region Friuli-Venezia Giulia. It’s a place for artistic production and research that focuses on the development of the creative process and facilitates cultural exchange across borders.

About Google Arts & Culture
Google Arts & Culture is a new, immersive way to experience art, history, culture and world wonders from over a thousand organizations worldwide. Google Arts & Culture has been created by the Google Cultural Institute and it is available for free for everyone on the web, on iOS and Android.

Arianna Serio