Italian Futurism on View at the Guggenheim Museum through September 1 2014

Umberto Boccioni

Elasticity (Elasticità), 1912

Oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm

Museo del Novecento, Milan

© Museo del Novecento, Comune di Milano (all legal rights reserved)

Photo: Luca Carrà

Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe

on View at the Guggenheim Museum through September 1


Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe

Through September 1, 2014

Described by the New York Times as “epic” and a “phenomenal show of shows,” Italian Futurism, 1909–

1944: Reconstructing the Universe is the first comprehensive overview in the United States of one of

Europe’s most important 20th-century avant-garde movements. Featuring over 360 works by more

than 80 artists, architects, designers, photographers, and writers, this multidisciplinary exhibition

examines the full historical breadth of Futurism, from its 1909 inception with the publication of F. T.

Marinetti’s first Futurist manifesto through its demise at the end of World War II. The presentation

includes many rarely seen works, some of which have never traveled outside of Italy. It encompasses not

only painting and sculpture, but also the advertising, architecture, ceramics, design, fashion, film, freeform

poetry, music, performance, photography, publications, and theater of this dynamic and often

contentious movement that championed modernity and insurgency. For more information, download

the press kit at

The final weeks of the exhibition offer a last chance to view the celebrated canvases that compose the

Syntheses of Communications (1933–34) by Benedetta (Benedetta Cappa Marinetti). They are being

shown for the first time outside of their original location in Palermo, Sicily, and will return to Italy after

the close of the exhibition. One of few public commissions awarded to a Futurist in the 1930s, the cycle

of five monumental paintings was created for Palermo’s Palazzo delle Poste (Post Office). The murallike

works celebrate multiple modes of communication, many enabled by technological innovations, and

correspond with the focus on modernity and the “total work of art” concept that underpinned the

Futurist ethos.

Please note that Tower Levels 5 and 7, which contain Benedetta’s murals and major works by Giacomo

Balla and Fortunato Depero, close August 20.


Friday, August 22, 2 pm

Susan Thompson, Assistant Curator, leads a tour of the exhibition. The tour is interpreted in ASL. Free

with museum admission and no advance registration required.

For more information, visit

The exhibition is organized by Vivien Greene, Senior Curator, 19th- and Early 20th-Century Art,

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. An international advisory committee composed of eminent

scholars from a variety of disciplines provided expertise and guidance in the preparation of this

thorough exploration of the Futurist movement, a major modernist expression that in many ways

remains little known among American audiences.

This exhibition is made possible by Lavazza.

Support is provided in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the David Berg Foundation,

with additional funding from the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, The Robert Lehman

Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

The Leadership Committee for Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe is also

gratefully acknowledged for its generosity, including the Hansjörg Wyss Charitable Endowment;

Stefano and Carole Acunto; Giancarla and Luciano Berti; Ginevra Caltagirone; Massimo and Sonia

Cirulli Archive; Daniela Memmo d’Amelio; Achim Moeller, Moeller Fine Art; Pellegrini Legacy Trust;

and Alberto and Gioietta Vitale.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Public programs are supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural

Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


Admission: Adults $22, students/seniors (65+) $18, members and children under 12 free. The

Guggenheim’s free app, available with admission or by download to personal devices, offers an

enhanced visitor experience. The app features content on special exhibitions as well as access to more

than 1,500 works in the Guggenheim’s permanent collection and information about the museum’s

landmark building. A verbal imaging guide for the collection is available for visitors who are blind or

have low vision. The Guggenheim app is sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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