Curated by: Bartolomeo Pietromarchi , Domitilla Dardi
On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of his birth, the MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Arts celebrates Giacomo Balla with an exceptional project: the opening to the public, for the first time, of his incredible futurist house in via Oslavia in Rome, a work of art total, and an exhibition at MAXXI that highlights its extraordinary contemporaneity and creates a connection in space and time.
The Casa Balla project. From the home to the universe and back, curated by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, Director of MAXXI Art and Domitilla Dardi Curator for Design at MAXXI, opens to the public in two moments: it begins on June 17 with the exhibition at MAXXI, while the house of via Oslavia will be open on weekends starting from Friday 25 June (reservations required on www.maxxi.art). Casa Balla and the exhibition at MAXXI will be open until November 21, 2021.
The result of a significant inter-institutional synergy, the project is produced and implemented by MAXXI in collaboration with the Special Superintendence of Rome Archeology, Fine Arts and Landscape, with the support of the Directorate General for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture and the contribution of the Bank of Italy and sponsors Laura Biagiotti, Mastercard and Cassina.
The Casa Balla project. From home to the universe and back also includes an important exhibition hosted in the spectacular Galleria 5 of MAXXI, open to the public from June 17, where tapestries, drawings, sketches, furniture, furnishings originally part of Casa Balla, will interact with eight new productions of international contemporary architects, artists and designers. Unpublished works created for the occasion that reflect on the numerous suggestions of Casa Balla as a total work of art,
bringing out the profound actuality of thought of the multifaceted Maestro and creating a space-time connection between the house of the 30s and the museum of the 21st century.
To investigate the suggestions of Casa Balla were invited Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine, Carlo Benvenuto, Alex Cecchetti, Jim Lambie, Emiliano Maggi, Leonardo Sonnoli, Space Popular, Cassina with Patricia Urquiola), whose productions will meet some important originals by Giacomo Balla, coming from private collections, including those of Giacomo Balla's heirs, and for the first time gathered here and accessible to the public.
Among these, the door of the famous Studiolo rosso, drawings and studies for clothes, such as the one created for Luce, from the Biagiotti Cigna Foundation and the Laura and Lavinia Biagiotti Collection, which have a heritage of over 300 works by Balla, whose nucleus main is formed by works and studies on design and fashion and represents the largest and most important group of applied art in the world.