November 15, 1998-February 14, 1999
LA FUTURISTA: BENEDETTA CAPPA MARINETTI (1917-1944)
Exhibition
Gallery 7



   
During the early 20th century, the Futurist movement actively embraced speed, power, and technology in every aspect of society--visual arts, politics, literature, music, and cooking. The Futurists called for a radical regeneration of art and culture by rallying against romanticism and sentimentalism. Benedetta Cappa Marinetti (1897-1977) was one of the few women in a movement dominated by men. La Futurista,the first solo exhibition of her work in the United States, includes collages, poetry, works on paper, and paintings.

 
 
PHOTO
Benedetta Cappa Marinetti
LO SPIRITO E L'ARTE
(SPIRIT AND ART)
 
c.1930

Benedetta became a member of the group in 1917 while she was painting under the tutelage of Giacomo Balla in Rome. In 1923 she married the group's founder, Filippo Tomasso Marinetti. The following year she attended the first Futurist Congress in Milan and participated in exhibitions from 1927 through the end of World War II. As a writer of experimental novels and an artist, her subjects are quintessentially Futurist. In works such as Irradiazone di un nucleo in sviluppo (Irradiation of a Nucleus in Development) and Luce + rumori di treno notturno (Light + Sounds of a Nocturnal Train),fluid lines and repeated abstract motifs convey velocity and motion. In the latter painting, triangular elements of metal, collaged to the surface, create a raised tactile surface known as tattilismo.During the 1920s, Filippo and Benedetta developed this genre of mixed-media works intended to visually stimulate the sensory experience of running one's fingers over a variety of surfaces.

PHOTO
Benedetta Cappa Marinetti
IRONIA (IRONY)  
c.1930

Benedetta was also a major proponent of aeropittura(aeropainting), which often took the form of fantastic and imagined aerial views. In Incontro sull'isola (Meeting on the Island),she offers an unfettered vista of sea and shore, as if the viewer were hovering in midair. Her monumental 1934 work for the Palermo post office--represented by drawings in this exhibition--is a large-scale mural of five painted panels: Synthesis of Sea,Radio,Air,Rail,and Telephone and Telegraph Communications.

La Futuristais a long-awaited exhibition that will provide a unique opportunity to explore Benedetta's oeuvre through the reexamination of Futurism in general.

   


PHOTO
Giacomo Balla
PORTRAIT OF BENEDETTA  
c.1924

THIS EXHIBITION HAS BEEN ORGANIZED AND CIRCULATED BY THE GOLDIE PALEY GALLERY, MOORE COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN, PHILADELPHIA; GUEST CURATOR LISA PANZERA, CURATORIAL ADVISOR GERMANO CELANT. THE PROJECT HAS BEEN SUPPORTED BY A GRANT FROM THE PHILADELPHIA EXHIBITIONS INITIATIVE, A PROGRAM FUNDED BY THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS, AND ADMINISTERED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS, PHILADELPHIA. ADDITIONAL SUPPORT HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS, THE PENNSYLVANIA COUNCIL ON THE ARTS, THE PHILADELPHIA CULTURAL FUND, AND THE FRIENDS OF THE GALLERIES AT MOORE. THE WALKERıS PRESENTATION OF THIS EXHIBITION IS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE 3M FOUNDATION, AND MICHAEL AND SHEILA BONSIGNORE. FURNISHINGS PROVIDED BY ROOM & BOARD.



 
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