The Comedy Museum, created in 2000 by Dimitri, and set up by Harald Szeemann, contains over 600 pieces from all over the world, collected by the famous clown during his long career. The collection focuses on the various aspects of comicality, and is presented on the first floor of the Dimitri Theatre in four rooms specially adapted by the architect, Christoph Zürcher. The figure of the elephant is the focus of the first room, where one can see examples of every size and form a homage to the animal that has been Dimitri's luck-bringer since 1970 when he performed a number with an elephant during a long tour with the Circus Knie.
The second room is dedicated to musical instruments, and includes a stone sculpture of a group of musicians by Ettore Jelmorini, sculptor from Intragna.
The green room contains comic masks from all over the world, and also offers the possibility to watch performances of some of the greatest clowns and comics on a giant video screen. The classic clown is the centre of the lilac room in an exhibit of clowns, puppet theatres and comic theatre companies of all shapes and sizes.
Casa e Parco del Clown:
The aim of the Clown House is to be a center for humor, a place where, even when it’s raining, one can laugh. But not only: it will be a place where children can watch burlesque theater, puppet shows, theater with figures, and dramatizations of fairy tales - where children can be actors, learn how to make masks, and have free rein with acrobatics and juggling. Meanwhile, their parents can study and immerse themselves in humor. The space will also include a "Museo Comico" showcasing Dimitri’s extensive collection of masks, musical instruments, drawings, objects for clowning around, photos, posters, books, and costumes, among others. The park surrounding the center, which has already been realized, features a variety of sculptures of different artists, who have given form to the ridiculous, to the clownish, to the comic, in whichever form they choose - abstract, figurative, absurd, or surreal.
- on performance days (March to November): from 17.00 to 24.00
- during the winter break (November - beginning March) on request
- opening and guided tours for groups on request The guided tour of the Museo Comico is available in different languages. The visit lasts one hour and is open to a max. of 25 people. The cost is Fr. 150.-
- Single entrance: Fr.5.- (Fr. 3.- with reduction)
- Entrance to the museum is free for those with a ticket for the performance.
Teatro Dimitri, 6653 Verscio
+41 91 796 25 44
ASSOCIATIONS AND CATEGORIES
- Family Destination Label
- Guided tours