Futurism News Bulletin, xii

In Memory of art historian Giovanni Carandente, Director Emeritus of the Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna di Spoleto and winner of the Premio Nazionale delle Arti for his anthology of Gino Severini in 1961.

Even among these artists, though, masterpieces are few and far between. The others in the group, Gino Severini and Luigi Russolo, have very little to be said for them. And the competition that this show sets up, between the Futurists and their foreign rivals, certainly doesn’t strengthen their hands.

  • Six major Futurism exhibits in Italy have attracted over 584, 536 visitors – more than Giotto, Beato Angelico, and Raphael exhibits combined!
  • The Premio Farfa, awarded for a commitment to sustainability, will be presented Tuesday, June 16th in Rome as part of “BenedettAria”. The program will be followed by the presentation of the book, Un Secolo Futurista by Luigi Tallarico, published by Nemapress.

“Shanghai can be considered today a Futurist town with its buildings, its highways and its pace, expressing speed and hope in the future, which are the main characteristics of the movement,” says Sabbatini [Paolo Sabbatini, director of the Italian Culture Institute Shanghai]. “I’m particularly pleased to see Shanghai giving Italy the chance to celebrate its genius and its contribution to the world culture by a movement which has become a landmark of world lifestyle.”

“Tim Burton said he wanted Gotham to look like hell had erupted through the streets and kept on going. Much of the city has a heavy-duty industrial aesthetic influenced by Italian Futurism and the technological cityscapes of Antonio Sant’ Elia.”

  • Review from the Guardian of Futurism at the Venice Biennale:

“This is the centenary of the Futurist Manifesto and the Italian Pavilion is dedicated to a Homage to Marinetti. This includes paintings by Sandro Chia, Luca Pignatelli, David Nido and others, sculpture by Araon Demetz, reversed film to create a vision of collapsing fireworks called the Party’s Over by Elisa Sighicelli and, contradicting her message, a spectacular neon dance by Marco Lodola. None of it has any obvious bearing on Marinetti or Futurism, but it does testify impressively to the vitality of Italian contemporary art.”

  • At the ceremony for the Vittoria Colonna Prize in Ischia, the play “Futurismo è Vittoria, Vittoria e Futurismo” was presented.

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