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Casa Balla: From the House to the Universe and Back

Casa Balla: From the House to the Universe and Back

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Exhibition Catalog

Ed. by Domitilla Dardi and Bartolomeo Pietromarchi. Casa Balla and MAXXI, Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome, 2021. Published in association with Marsilio Editori, Venice.

216 pp. Well illustrated (chiefly col.). 25 x 17 cm. In English. Hardcover.

ISBN 9788829709809

Recently opened to the public for the first time, the home of the Futurist artist Giacomo Balla (1871-1958) is depicted and inventoried in this extraordinary book. The apartment in Rome in which Balla lived for over 30 years with his family was covered with lively murals, painted furniture, decorated utensils and clothes, as well as preparatory drawings, stage designs, toys and other works by the artist, together with paintings by his two daughters Luce and Elica. The numerous paintings by Balla kept in the apartment range from his early figurative period to the Futurist aesthetics of the 1910s and 20s and a return to representation in the latter part of his life. Together they create a kaleidoscopic example of total design, reflecting the indissoluble link between art and life that lay at the root of Futurist thinking. On display are new works conceived and created for the occasion that reflects on the numerous suggestions of Casa Balla, a real piece of art, bringing out the profound topicality of the multifaceted master’s thought. Invited to investigate Casa Balla are international artists and creatives – Ila Beka & Louise Lemoine, Carlo Benvenuto, Alex Cecchetti, Jim Lambie, Emiliano Maggi, Leonardo Sonnoli, Space Popular and Cassina with Patricia Urquiola – whose productions meet some important loans from Giacomo Balla inside the gallery space.

Subject Headings: Eastern and Western European Art ; Western Art -- Italy -- 1900-1945 -- Drawings and Watercolors ; Painting -- Futurism --

Artist(s): Balla, Giacomo

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