Italian Futurism at the Guggenheim Museum

Curator Vivien Greene discusses the exhibition “Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe,” on view at the Guggenheim Museum through September 1. It’s the first comprehensive overview in the United States of one of Europe’s most important 20th-century avant-garde movements. Featuring over 360 works by more than 80 artists, architects, designers, photographers, and writers, the show examines the full historical breadth of Futurism, from its Filippo Tommaso Marinetti’s first Futurist manifesto in 1909 through its demise at the end of World War II.

 

Giacomo Balla <em>The Hand of the Violinist (The Rhythms of the Bow) (La mano del violinista [I ritmi dell’archetto]), </em>1912
Giacomo Balla The Hand of the Violinist (The Rhythms of the Bow) (La mano del violinista [I ritmi dell’archetto]), 1912

Oil on canvas, 56 x 78.3 cm

Estorick Collection, London

( © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome )
Giacomo Balla <em>Abstract Speed + Sound (Velocità astratta + rumore),</em> 1913–14
Giacomo Balla Abstract Speed + Sound (Velocità astratta + rumore), 1913–14

Oil on millboard (unvarnished) in artist’s painted frame, 54.5 x 76.5 cm

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice 76.2553.31

© 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome

( Courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York )
Umberto Boccioni <em>Elasticity (Elasticità),</em> 1912
Umberto Boccioni Elasticity (Elasticità), 1912

Oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm
Museo del Novecento, Milan
© Museo del Novecento, Comune di Milano (all legal rights reserved)

( Luca Carrà )
Francesco Cangiullo <em>Large Crowd in the Piazza del Popolo (Grande folla in Piazza del Popolo), </em>1914
Francesco Cangiullo Large Crowd in the Piazza del Popolo (Grande folla in Piazza del Popolo), 1914

Watercolor, gouache, and pencil on paper, 58 x 74 cm

Private collection

( © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome )
Carlo Carrà <em>Interventionist Demonstration (Manifestazione Interventista),</em> 1914
Carlo Carrà Interventionist Demonstration (Manifestazione Interventista), 1914

Tempera, pen, mica powder, paper glued on cardboard, 38.5 x 30 cm
Gianni Mattioli Collection, on long-term loan to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
© 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome

( Courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York )
Benedetta (Cappa Marinetti) <em>Synthesis of Aerial Communications (Sintesi delle comunicazioni aeree),</em> 1933–34
Benedetta (Cappa Marinetti) Synthesis of Aerial Communications (Sintesi delle comunicazioni aeree), 1933–34

Tempera and encaustic on canvas, 324.5 x 199 cm
Il Palazzo delle Poste di Palermo, Sicily, Poste Italiane
© Benedetta Cappa Marinetti, used by permission of Vittoria Marinetti and Luce Marinetti’s heirs

( AGR/Riccardi/Paoloni )
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