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  • Tullio Crali, "Il futurista Marinetti" (dettaglio), 1931, Mart
  • Fortunato Depero, "La rissa (Discussione del 3000)" (dettaglio), 1926, olio su tela, Mart, Fondo Depero
  • Pippo Rizzo, "Lampi", 1920, olio su tela, Archivio Pippo Rizzo, Palermo
  • Benedetta Cappa, "Velocitŕ di motoscafo" (dettaglio), 1922, olio su tela, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Roma

The Master and Margarita
Marinetti, Sarfatti and Futurism in the Years of the Régime

Casa d'Arte Futurista Depero
20 October 2018 / 24 February 2019
The research project that sheds light on the relationship between Futurism and Novecento and between two tireless promoters of Italian art

unning concurrently with the exhibition at the Mart devoted to Margherita Sarfatti, the project at Casa Depero addresses a particular aspect of her critical work: her relationship with Futurism and with Filippo Tommaso Marinetti.
The comparison is between two key figures on the panorama of the early 20th century who have significantly associated their names and faces with two main movements of Italian art: Futurism, of which Marinetti was the mentor, and Novecento, conceived by Sarfatti based on the idea of modern classicism.

Children of the same generation, brought up and educated in wealthy families, Marinetti and Sarfatti moved through the international art scene with a considerable aptitude for communication in common: both were aware of the impact of newspapers, photographs and printed paper and did not hesitate to promote their own initiatives personally.
Yet the artists promoted by them found themselves competing for places at some of the major events, such as the Venice Biennale: while Sarfatti curated the exhibition of the Novecento in 1924, it was Marinetti who organised the Futurist exhibition in 1926 that had Fortunato Depero, Giacomo Balla, Luigi Russolo, Gerardo Dottori, Enrico Prampolini, Pippo Rizzo and Benedetta Cappa as its protagonists.

The exhibition touches on the principal elements in this interchange, thanks to a nucleus of works from the museum’s Collections and from other national museums, and to the documentation in the Archivio del ’900.


Curated by Nicoletta Boschiero

Margherita Sarfatti

Margherita Sarfatti