Balla's Futurist Genius on display in Milan for the first time

On display for the first time in Milan is Giacomo Balla's monumental work on tapestry canvas, The Futurist Genius.

The exhibition spaces of Gallerie d’Italia - Piazza Scala in Milan will host from April 9 to May 12, 2019 the exhibition Giacomo Balla. Futurist Genius, where the protagonist will be one of the most significant works of Futurism: Il Genio Futurista created by Giacomo Balla (Turin, 1871 - Rome, 1958) and coming from the Biagiotti collection.

It is the largest work ever made by Balla, an oil on tapestry canvas, which will be exhibited for the first time in Milan on the occasion of the Salone del Mobile and Milano Moda Design; it belongs to the rich collection of the Biagiotti family under the scientific direction of Fabio Benzi.

Balla made it on the occasion of theExposition des Arts décoratifs modernes held in Paris in 1925 and it was first exhibited in the decorative arts pavilion with his other creations: Mare vele vento, Farfalle in movimento and Fiori futuristi. It was later exhibited at the Amatori e Cultori exhibition in Rome in 1928, in the center of a large wall within the large anthological room dedicated to the art of Giacomo Balla.

The monumental work, set in the colors red, white and green on a blue and light blue background, centers on a schematic figure of a man: a star-shaped head, arms outstretched to form an M, the initial of Marinetti the founder of Futurism, and legs like two red wedges. Noise-forms spread from this figure, condensing the artist’s various Futurist pictorial experiences into a kind of artistic summa: artistic summa: from the acute “motor-humorist” forms to the abstract volumes of Feu d’Artifice (1916-1917), from the patriotic tricolorism of Forme-grido Viva l’Italia (1915) to the theoretical and theosophical representations on the “fourth dimension” of Transformations forms-spirits (1918) and Pessimism versus Optimism (1923), to the intersecting triangles of Iridescent Compenetrations.

The Futurist Genius is the representation of a genius process that brings the artist to the consciousness of the dynamic relations of the universe, to represent them as pure forms and colors, an avant-garde not only of forms, but also and above all of intellectual intuitions, of dimensions that surpass the visible and give body to the invisible.

For info:

Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Closed Mondays. Special openings April 21-22-25, May 1, 2019

Tickets: Full 5 euros, reduced 3 euros.

Image: Giacomo Balla, Futurist Genius (1925; Oil on tapestry canvas, 279 x 381 cm; Guidonia (Rome), Biagiotti Collection)

Balla's Futurist Genius on display in Milan for the first time
Balla's Futurist Genius on display in Milan for the first time

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