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Italian Futurism 1909 – 1944 : Reconstructing the Universe is a spectacular survey of what has long been the most neglected canonical movement in modern art—because it is also the most embarrassing. An avant-garde so clownish, in its grandiose posturing, and so sinister, in its political embrace of Italian Fascism, has been easy to shrug off, but the show makes a powerful case for second thoughts.

Presenting over 300 works executed between 1909 and 1944, the chronological exhibition encompasses not only painting and sculpture, but also architecture, design, ceramics, fashion, film, photography, advertising, free-form poetry, publications, music, theater, and performance.

A Must See!

3-16-2014 2-03-57 PM3-16-2014 2-02-58 PM Fortunato Depero’s “Stormy Patriot Marinetti : Psychological Portrait”

3-16-2014 2-03-29 PM “White Puppets” by Depero

3-16-2014 2-04-24 PM Depero’s “Little Black and White Devils, Dance of Devils”

3-16-2014 2-05-42 PM Depero’s “Marinetti’s Futurist Waistcoats” 1923

3-16-2014 2-21-00 PM A Futurism manifesto from 1909

3-16-2014 2-21-43 PM Three murals celebrating modern communication painted in the early’30s by Benedetta Cappa

3-16-2014 2-42-47 PM Ivo Pannaggi “Speeding Train” 1922

3-16-2014 2-43-46 PM Giacomo Balla “The Hand of the Violinist” 1921

3-16-2014 2-44-20 PM Umberto Boccioni “Unique Forms of Continuity in Space” 1913

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 Tullio Crali “Before the Parachute Opens” 1939

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Fortunato Depero “Skyscrapers and Tunnels” 1930.

3-16-2014 2-51-12 PM Carlo Carra “Interventionist Demonstration” 1914

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 Francesco Cangiullo “Large Crowd in the Piazza del Popolo” 1914

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Installation view: ‘Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe’, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, February 21–September 1, 2014

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