fter the death of Umberto Boccioni in 1916, the Futurist reconstruction of the universe programme became the essential treatise for a “second Futurism”. The results were concrete and many: from furnishings to fashion, cinema to theatre, music to dance, advertising to everyday objects. Balla, Depero, Tullio Crali, Enrico Prampolini and Thayaht even anticipated the role of the artist as his own promoter through publishing, correspondence and photography by a number of decades.
The central themes of the Futurist reconstruction of the universe serve as the common thread running through the exhibition: Stage, Movement, Flight, Self-promotion, I/shade, Automa.
The first object seen by the visitor is “Sal's Red Hauler Special”, the racing car made by Salvatore Scarpitta in 1966, inspired by the Futurist investigation of speed and movement. This is no distraction from the main theme therefore, but one of the examples present in the show revealing the bequest of Futurism. Works, photographs, books and correspondence come from the Mart archive, a rich cultural collection from which much has been drawn to give the exhibition a deeper sense of the movement’s longevity: well beyond the lives of the artists themselves.
Curated by Nicoletta Boschiero