Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe opens today at the Guggenheim Museum and will remain on view through 1 September. The first monographic show in the USA to explore the movement from its inception with the 1909 Futurist manifesto through the Second World War, the exhibition considers painting, sculpture, architecture, design, ceramics, fashion, film, photography, advertising, poetry, and other media. The exhibition goes beyond the well-known aspects of the movement in the years leading up to the first World War to see it through the fascist era and its end in 1944.
Giacomo Balla, Abstract Speed + Sound (Velocità astratta + rumore), 1913–14. Oil on board, 54.5 x 76.5 cm. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice. Photo courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SIAE, Rome
One of five Benedetta murals bound for the Guggenheim’s Italian Futurism show. AGR/Riccardi/Paoloni.