The Andrés Neumann Legacy

In January 2010, the library of il Funaro Centro Culturale of Pistoia was enriched with the valuable donation of the Andres Neumann’s Legacy including part of his professional archive (1972 to 2000) and a collection of theatrical books.


The Archive is one of the most important pieces of documentary heritage concerning the history of performing arts worldwide during the last forty years, encompassing the history of Andres Neumann International, an agency that since 1978 has been an essential point of reference 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 such memorable performances as, among others, Brook’s Mahabharata, Bergman’s Hamlet, and Pina Bausch’s Palermo Palermo.

The Archive consists of a complex range of documents types, containing some 60.000 single pieces, broken down among contracts, correspondence with the major figures on the international scene, company dossiers, production designs, photographic documentation, press reviews, flyers, theatre programs and posters as well as audio-visual materials.

It is thanks to the generous insight of Andres Neumann that the documents that bear witness, alongside a lifetime activity, give a precise insight of the work 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.

If an archive “recalls the strata within a mine, whose products are represented by feelings and passions” it is thanks to the work of a first-rate miner that the documents have found the light. We wish to thank Dr. Giada Petrone for the initial, precious work of putting the documents in order.

This was the starting point for the subsequent task of digitizing, cataloguing and analysing the materials in the archive carried out by the University of Florence, which started in 2012 and which we hope to continue in the coming years.

Andres Neumann: Producer of the archive

Massimiliano Barbini: Manager 
of il Funaro’s Library

Giada Petrone: Manager of Andres Neumann’s Archive



Digital memory of contemporary performance. Andres Neumann Archive (2012-2013)

The project sponsored by the Department of History, Archaeology, Geography, Arts and Performance of the University of Florence, under the direction of Prof. Renzo Guardenti as Head of Science, aims to promote and enhance the Neumann Archive through digitizing the materials stored in it and cataloguing them according to the most reliable methods, so as to highlight their documentary value as a source for the history of contemporary performing arts.

The project has been jointly funded by the University of Florence and the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Pistoia e Pescia.

As result of the project Digital Memory of contemporary entertainment. The Archive Andres Neumann, sponsored by the Department of History, archeology, Geography, Arts and Entertainment, University of Florence and directed by Prof. Renzo Guardenti, was released at the publishing house Titivillus, the volume The Archive Andres Neumann . Memory of contemporary entertainment by Mary Fedi, with a presentation by Prof. Renzo Guardenti and a testimony by Giada Petrone.

On 26 October 2013 the book was officially presented at il Funaro Centro Culturale in Pistoia.

Since then, other presentations were made:

Tuesday 13 March 2014 h: 17:15 al Teatro della Pergola in FIRENZE

Friday 14 March 2014 h: 18:30 al Teatro Studio Eleonora Duse in ROMA
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Tuesday 24 Luglio 2014 h: 16:00 Kilowatt Festival in Sansepolcro, Arezzo

Friday 25 Luglio 2014 h: 21:00 Festival letterario Scritti sulla Sabbia in Calambrone, Pisa

Tuesday 4 September 2014 h. 16.30 – Festivaletteratura Mantova – Palazzo Ducale

Teatro e Vita Parola, immagine, movimento nel nostro tempo

Together with journalist Luciano Minerva, Neumann traces his extraordinary career through the memories and documents of his archive housed at il Funaro Centro Culturale.

Renzo Guardenti: Scientific Supervisor

Maria Fedi: Scientific Coordinator

Giada Petrone: Manager of Andres Neumann’s Archive

Viola Fantoni, Diletta Landi, Claudia Renzi: digitizing and cataloguing.


Project to enhance the entire archive

The project, organized by Andres Neumann and Giada Petrone, aims to enhance the entire Andres Neumann archive, comprising a series of documents prior to 1972, which is in Rome, a series from 1972 to 2000 which is at Funaro and the current archive from 2000 to the present.

Enhancement and distribution of video documents

The project organized by Andres Neumann and Giada Petrone intends to contextualize and shine a light, using a YouTube channel, on video materials connected with performances produced or publicized by Andres Neumann International (interviews, performance videos, archival documents).

Enhancement and distribution of iconographic documents

The project organized by Andres Neumann and Giada Petrone is aimed at making the iconographic heritage of the archive accessible.

Site updating and development

Published by Andres Neumann and Giada Petrone



Maria Fedi, L’Archivio Andres Neumann. Memorie dello spettacolo contemporaneo. Con una testimonianza di Giada Petrone. Presentazione di Renzo Guardenti, Corazzano (Pisa), Titivillus, 2013. The volume is funded by the Department of History, Archaeology, Geography, Arts and Performance of the University of Florence.

Renzo Guardenti, Maria Fedi, Dall’Archivio di Andres Neumann. Scene del teatro contemporaneo October 2011.


Viola Fantoni, Palermo Palermo di Pina Bausch, under direction of Prof. Renzo Guardenti

Diletta Landi, Mahabarata di Peter Brook, under direction of Prof. Renzo Guardenti

Claudia Renzi, Sei personaggi in cerca d’autore di Anatolij Vassiliev, under direction of Prof. Renzo Guardenti

Giulia Calamai, Andres Neumann, tessitore di opportunità culturali nel mondo, under direction of Prof. Teresa Megale (2013)