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Fantastical Ride

Edited by Sergio Risaliti
Edited by Eva Francioli


Publishing 12th Jul 2024
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  • The book is full of images that describe the artistic career of Depero, an artist who also had a great hold on the public due to his use of bright colors and vivid imagination
  • Depero was an unconventional and eclectic artist who devoted himself to heterogeneous art forms: the exhibition also includes works from both public (of Florentine museums too) and private collections, highlighting the painter's relationship with collectors
  • First exhibition on the artist in a Florentine public museum, one of the most visited in the city
  • New considerations on Depero's artistic career starting with a work conserved at the Museo del Novecento in Florence and new archival excavations in the artist's fund kept at the MART in Trento and Rovereto
  • Investigations into one of the most important artistic movements of the Italian 20th century by comparing Depero with other artists contemporary with him, from Balla to Carrà
  • The exhibition is part of the programme of Firenze Art Week, one of the city's most important cultural events
Full Description

This volume is the catalog of the exhibition Depero. Fantastical Ride, held in the historic rooms of the Museum of Palazzo Medici Riccardi.

Curated by Sergio Risaliti with Eva Francioli, the catalog presents the work of Fortunato Depero, a multifaceted artist who was able to combine the popular element with a fervid figurative imagination. Starting with Neighing at Speed, a typically Futurist painting by Depero, the catalog focuses on some of the most fascinating themes of Depero’s production – from the myth of progress and speed, to the small theaters populated by ultra-modern puppets, to the rich production of tapestries, clothing – narrated through works from private collections and from the MART in Trento and Rovereto. It also includes a number of works that Depero made during a stay in New York in 1930.

Text in English and German.

About the Author

Sergio Risaliti graduated in Florence in History of Modern and Contemporary Art. Since 2018, he has been artistic director of the Museo Novecento in Florence. He is an art historian and critic, creator and curator of exhibitions and interdisciplinary events, writer and journalist. To his credit he has the conception and curatorship of a hundred exhibitions in public and private spaces. Eva Francioli holds a PhD in Art History at the Università degli Studi di Firenze. Her areas of research range from the study of art magazines in the interwar period to the vicissitudes of the avant-garde and neo-avant-garde movements in Florence and Tuscany. Since 2014 she has been part of the scientific and organizational secretariat of the Museo Novecento in Florence.

Officina Libraria
Publish date
12th Jul 2024
Paperback / softback
USA & Canada
8.27 in x 9.84 in
152 Pages
62 color, 8 b&w
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