Future Shock: Guggenheim’s Gorgeous Retrospective on Futurism

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February 25, 2014

Championing a radical and utopian vision, the artists profiled in the Guggenheim’s new exhibit Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe brought the concept of “total works of art” to new heights, especially when it came to objects and interior design, according to organizer and museum senior curator Vivian Greene. From the bedroom Giacomo Balla designed for his daughter in 1914 to the art houses (Casa d'Arte) he and other designers like Fortunto Depero created across Italy, forward-thinking design was applied to every aspect of life.

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  The Cimino Home Dining Room Set (Sala da pranzo di casa Cimino) by Gerardo Dottori from the early 1930s.Table, chairs, buffet, lamp, and sideboard; wood, glass, crystal, copper with chrome plating, leather, dimensions variable. Private collection © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice Photo: Daniele Paparelli, courtesy Archivi Gerardo Dottori, Perugia, Italy
    The Cimino Home Dining Room Set (Sala da pranzo di casa Cimino) by Gerardo Dottori from the early 1930s.

    Table, chairs, buffet, lamp, and sideboard; wood, glass, crystal, copper with chrome plating, leather, dimensions variable. Private collection © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice Photo: Daniele Paparelli, courtesy Archivi Gerardo Dottori, Perugia, Italy

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  Antipasti Service (Piatti Servizio Antipasti) by Bruno Munari and Torido Mazzotti (1929–1930).Glazed earthenware (manufactured by Casa Giuseppe Mazzotti, Albisola Marina), six plates: 21.6 x 21.6 cm diameter each; one vase: 11.7 x 7.6 cm The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, Miami Beach, The Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Collection © Bruno Munari, courtesy Corraini Edizioni Photo: Lynton Gardiner
    Antipasti Service (Piatti Servizio Antipasti) by Bruno Munari and Torido Mazzotti (1929–1930).

    Glazed earthenware (manufactured by Casa Giuseppe Mazzotti, Albisola Marina), six plates: 21.6 x 21.6 cm diameter each; one vase: 11.7 x 7.6 cm The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, Miami Beach, The Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Collection © Bruno Munari, courtesy Corraini Edizioni Photo: Lynton Gardiner

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  Fortunato Depero's Heart Eaters (Mangiatori di cuori), 1923.Painted wood, 36.5 x 23 x 10 cm Private collection © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome Photo: Vittorio Calore
    Fortunato Depero's Heart Eaters (Mangiatori di cuori), 1923.

    Painted wood, 36.5 x 23 x 10 cm Private collection © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome Photo: Vittorio Calore

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  Ivo Pannaggi's Speeding Train (Treno in corsa), 1922.Oil on canvas, 100 x 120 cm Fondazione Carima–Museo Palazzo Ricci, Macerata, Italy Photo: Courtesy Fondazione Cassa di risparmio della Provincia di Macerata
    Ivo Pannaggi's Speeding Train (Treno in corsa), 1922.

    Oil on canvas, 100 x 120 cm Fondazione Carima–Museo Palazzo Ricci, Macerata, Italy Photo: Courtesy Fondazione Cassa di risparmio della Provincia di Macerata

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  Mino Somenzi, ed., with words-in-freedom image Airplanes (Aeroplani) by Pino MasnataFuturismo 2, no. 32 (Apr. 16, 1933) Journal (Rome, 1933), 64 x 44 cm Fonds Alberto Sartoris, Archives de la Construction Moderne–Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne EPFL), Switzerland Photo: Jean-Daniel Chavan
    Mino Somenzi, ed., with words-in-freedom image Airplanes (Aeroplani) by Pino Masnata

    Futurismo 2, no. 32 (Apr. 16, 1933) Journal (Rome, 1933), 64 x 44 cm Fonds Alberto Sartoris, Archives de la Construction Moderne–Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne EPFL), Switzerland Photo: Jean-Daniel Chavan

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