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  • Salvatore Scarpitta - Sal’s red hauler special, 1966-67
  • Fortunato Depero - Flora magica per la scenografia di Le Chant du Rossignol, (1917)
  • Prampolini - Apparizione magica, (1929)
  • Fortunato Depero - Grattacieli e tunnel, 1930

Futurist reconstruction

Mart Rovereto
23 June 2012 / 30 September 2012
Mart presents the exhibition “Futurist Reconstruction”, the title refers to one of the key texts of the Italian avant-garde movements of the 20th century. The Futurist reconstruction of the universe manifesto, signed in 1915 by Giacomo Balla and Fortunato Depero was not merely a document setting down the details of a theory, but a veritable watershed in art: at the outbreak of the First World War, the Futurist movement was abandoning the aggressiveness of its early days and embarking on a second phase, characterised rather by the need for a total art.

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