Speed in 20th Century Italy

The Legend of Speed. Art, Motorization and Society in 20th Century Italy
[Il Mito della Velocità: Arte, motori e società nell’Italia del ‘900]

Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome
Curated by Eugenio Martera e Patrizia Pietrogrande
February 19, 2008 – May 18, 2008

The first section of this exhibition, arranged thematically, is devoted to the “Beauty of Speed” focusing on Filippo Tommaso Marinetti as well as the whole range of fields explored by the Futurist movement, including cinema and photography as well as fashion with garments designed by Crali, Depero and Thayat.

Industrial and mechanical progress are encapsulated in a series of elements constituting hallmarks of the modern era: the automobile, the train, the railway station, the motorway, telephones and the radio. The most important works of art in this room include Dottori’s Trittico della velocità and Severini’s Tram in corsa.

Important drawings and original items from the MART collections will document the Futurist experiments and developments in photography and fashion.

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