Futurism in Chicago (June 26)


100th Anniversary of the Birth of the Futurist Movement
With the Participation of Massimiliano Finazzer Flory

Friday, June 26, 2009, 6:00pm
Italian Cultural Institute Chicago

In celebration of the most important and stimulating Italian contribution to the renewal of artistic culture in the 20th century, this evening will explore the multiplicity of Futurism through the theatrical reading of a selection of Futurist manifestos by Massimiliano Finazzer Flory, accompanied by musical improvisations and a dance piece.

A truly unique performance characterized by a panorama of the expressions and shades of the Futurist movement, the most radical Italian avant-garde movement, which multiplied into innumerable currents, including music, cinema, theatre, literature, and fashion design.

This performance debuted with great success at the Palazzo Reale as part of the Futurist festivities in Milan earlier this year.On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the ‘Manifesto Futurista’ by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, published in the French newspaper “Le Figaro”, The Italian Cultural Institute will celebrate the most famous Italian literary and artistic movement of the 20th century.

EXHBIITION (ongoing)

Celebrating Marinetti’s Manifesto

May 7 – July 30, 2009

The revolutionary spirit of this avant- garde movement and of its founder Filippo Tommaso Marinetti will be represented through a selection of original drawings, paintings and documents belonging to private collections, the Vittoria Marinetti Milanese Archive, and the stunning collection of the Northwestern University Library.

Born in Milan, the futurist phenomenon suddenly conquered the European scene, developing a fertile relationship with the cubist movement and Russian intellectuals.
The curator of the exhibition is a renowned scholar of Futurism, Enrico Crispolti, who has curated numerous major exhibitions and catalogues on this movement.

The show will present original materials lent by the Marinetti Archive of Milan, including drawings, photographs, sculptures, paintings by Enrico Prampolini, Benedetta Marinetti, Achille Lega, Francesco Cangiullo, Giuseppe Steiner, Thayaht, and Hugo Scheiber, as well as additional drawings and etchings from the Crispolti Collection itself, with works by Umberto Boccioni, Ivo Pannaggi, Carlo Erba, Gerardo Dottori, and Giacomo Balla.

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