The Futurism of Balla, Boccioni and Depero on display in Domodossola

Domodossola is hosting an exhibition dedicated to Futurism from June 22, 2019. In the twentieth century, the city was fully involved in Futurist logic.

The Civic Museums of Palazzo San Francesco in Domodossola are hosting a major exhibition dedicated to Futurism from June 22 to November 3, 2019, entitled Balla, Boccioni, Depero. Building the Space of the Future.
The exhibition aims to recount the modernity of the city of Domodossola, which was fully involved in the Futurist logic at the beginning of the 20th century.

The exhibition will present more than seventy works from the last decade of the nineteenth century to 1960, from the prefuturist season to aeropainting, crossing the two world wars, in order to emphasize the changing relationship between man and nature, between center and periphery, between tradition and the future.

Great protagonists were Umberto Boccioni, Giacomo Balla and Fortunato Depero: artists who centered their language on speed, movement and flight.

The exhibition will be divided into three sections: it begins with the vision of the early 20th century landscape and the contemplation of man in nature. Here works by Balla and Boccioni created in the Divisionist and Pre-Futurist phases will be on display, and by Depero in dialogue with two wooden mannequins with costumes from the Val D’Ossola: man-sized sculptures offered to the public for the first time since the 1881 Milan National Exhibition.

It continues with works by Balla, Dudreville, Dottori and Pippo Rizzo that develop the theme of movement and speed; by the latter is Treno notturno in velocità, while by Balla is Colpo di fucile domenicale, which comes to Domodossola from the collection of the Banca d’Italia. The theme of flight, which leads the exhibition toward the last season of postwar Futurism, is depicted by works by Balla, Crali, Tato, Cambellotti, Dottori, Monachesi and others.

The masterpieces on display will dialogue with sculptures of Ossola women in period dress, the first car registered in the Province of Novara, and theairplane of Peruvian aviator Geo Chávez, who accomplished the feat of the first transflight of the Alps, over the skies of Simplon in 1910.

The exhibition is curated by Antonio D’Amico and is presented by the Municipality of Domodossola, in partnership with the Paola Angela Ruminelli Foundation, with the support of the Fondazione Comunitaria del VCO, and with the fundamental collaboration of the Mart-Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto and the Associazione Musei dell’Ossola.

Hours: Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to noon and 3 to 7 p.m. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Tickets: Full 5 euros, reduced 3 euros. Free for children up to 5 years old.

Image: Giacomo Balla, Sunday Rifle Shot (1918).

The Futurism of Balla, Boccioni and Depero on display in Domodossola
The Futurism of Balla, Boccioni and Depero on display in Domodossola

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