The story so far
Kasperl’s Roots (2009)
A play by Molnár & Bettini and Kaufmann & Co. About the play: When clearing out his aunt’s apartment after she had passed away, Gyula Molnár discovered a set of “Kasperl” hand puppets wrapped in old newspaper. Covered in mildew, moth-eaten and damaged by woodworm, most of them crumbled to dust in his hands. He was only able to save a precious few, and the Punch-like figure of Kasperl himself was completely missing from the collection. In the play “Kasperl’s Roots”, Molnár descends into the underworld where Kasperl has disappeared in a quest to find his grandmother.
About the stage set: One unusual aspect of the play’s design is that the small puppet theater could revolve through 360° and even spin round and round. There was a different stage set on each side of the small, box-shaped theater. Three of the collage stage curtains are now included in the exhibit: "The Entrance to the Underworld", "The River Lethe" and "In the Depths of the Underworld".
BIn the Underworld. A Diary of Mud
In 2009, artists from Italy, France, Austria and Germany created the exhibition installation “In the Underworld. A Diary of Mud” for the Münchner Stadtmuseum’s Puppet Theater / Fairground Attraction Collection, under the artistic direction of Gyula Molnár and Francesca Bettini.
About the room design: “The room is a workshop where new creatures are born into the world and, with their first steps, set off towards a possible plot. The walls form the pages of a diary that charts the development of a play.”
In the Underworld ‒ The Movie (2011)
Once the exhibition was over, the collection’s curators didn’t have the heart to cold-bloodedly consign the Diary of Mud to the underworld of Munich’s refuse disposal service. Instead, they asked Gyula Molnár and Francesca Bettini to use the installation as a source of materials and scenery for a second, cinematic incarnation of their theatrical ideas.
Curator of the gallery exhibit: Mascha Erbelding