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Futurism 100: Enlightenment. Avant-garde currents compared. Italy - Germany - Russia at Mart

  • 17

    January 2009
  • 07

    June 2009
Mart Rovereto  

On the occasion of the Centenary of Futurism, on show works that illustrate the links between Futurism and Russian and German avant-garde currents


A hundred years after the publication of the Futurist manifesto, the innovative power of this important artistic movement promoted by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti in 1909 remains untarnished still today. With the exhibition titled Futurism 100: Enlightenment. Avant-garde currents compared. Italy, Germany, Russia, Mart celebrates the centenary of Italy's principal modern art current, examining it from a new point of view which reconstructs its overall structure within the historical context of the early 20th century. 

The show, curated by Ester Coen, runs from January 17 to June 07, 2009.


The exhibition

The exhibition looks at the complex and often unfamiliar relations between Futurists and important individuals in Russian and German avant-garde currents

The artists who took part in the German art movement "Der Sturm", including Marc Chagall, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, August Macke and Franz Marc, are highlighted, showing the strong links between Futurism and the country in which Expressionism was a major force in art. 

Then there is Marinetti's legendary journey to Russia in 1914 - for which Mart is publishing, on occasion of the show, the hitherto unseen description of the visit by a Russian art historian, Vladimir Lapšin from Moscow, who died recently - which provides an opportunity to analyse the relations with Russian Cubist-Futurist painters. 

In fact, in Rome, Paris and Moscow, a fundamental interaction developed between Futurist painters and Russian artists, including Mikhail Larionov, Alexandra Exter, Natalia Goncharova, Olga Rozanova and many others.


On January 17, 2009, on occasion of the Centenary of Futurism, the Casa d'Arte Futurista Fortunato Depero reopened to the public, after extensive renovation operations supervised by architect Renato Rizzi. Rovereto thus restored one of the city's most significant centres of cultural production. This museum space has been completely refurbished to exhibit important parts of the Depero collection, such as the large works in felt, which represent amongst the most valuable and original components of this large collection.



(picture: Gino Severini, Danseuse articulée, 1915 (detail), Fondazione Magnani Rocca)




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