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At Bologna’s gates, a new foundation is ready to start its ambitious cultural project and will inaugurate an exclusive exhibition from 21st April to 18th November

The whole XX century has been an intense travel throughout an authentic human progress, made of innovations, genial experiments and bold decisions in all fields, from science and technology to social studies and arts. All of this at the speed of the sound, especially if compared with the previous centuries. Men developed quickly new concepts and spread their vivid imagination, trying to take the chance and be part of the revolutionary transformation.

In Italy, the beginning of the XX century has been particularly vibrant: a new movement, which can be considered the first European avant-guard, was reflecting the feeling of innovation, exalting ideas like the speed, the dynamism, the energy, the progress, the creativity, the mechanized man, the industrial design. The Futurism has been an important Italian artistic and cultural movement with a high influence into the European cultural background.

Massimo and Sonia Cirulli are so devoted to this exciting historical period that they’re giving birth to an articulated and vast project. The Foundation Massimo & Sonia Cirulli is the maximum exponent of it: a private Italian foundation which focuses on the national art and culture of the historical decades from 1909 to 1939.

Cirulli’s project includes also an exclusive exhibition, which plays a central role into the aim of divulging and valorizing this heritage at a national and international level.

The Foundation

The venue of the foundation is situated in San Lazzaro di Savena - just few kilometres far from Bologna; this interesting building was the atelier of the famous Italian designers Dino Gavina and Maria Simoncini, realized in 1960 by the Italian architects Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglione.

The needed restoration, entrusted to the famous Architect Studio Terragni, has maintained the original Castiglione project and highlights the beauty and uniqueness of its architectural creativity; it reflects a rural influence - characteristic of the regional landscape - with a minimal aesthetic, huge open spaces and a particular attention on materials.

The entrance is recognisable by the Gavina’s electrical insulator, from the Japan pavilion to the XI Triennale of Milan in 1957. This has become the symbol of the building.

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The Exhibition

“Universo Futurista”: a name which clearly links to Futurism and its values. This exhibition promotes a selection of more than 200 art works from Cirulli Foundation that will explore the main themes keen to this movement’s aesthetic: the speed, the dynamism, the vital energy, the progress, the creativity, the mechanized man.

The Futurist exponents explored every kind of artistic expression to “move the unmoved”: they aimed to transmit the feeling of motion into a visual art, which is normally static. Thus, the subjects they represented are always interpreted during an action and the viewer also participate actively into the representation of dynamism.

Jeffrey T. Schnapp and Silvia Evangelisti, curators of the exhibition, have organized five units that will define an explorative itinerary:

1. The conquest of the air

2. The wall of manifests

3. The “constellations” (8 thematic units)

4. The “orbits” (6 monographic areas dedicated to relevant futurist exponents)

5. The “spaces” (2 installations built around the furniture)

Masterpieces of Universo Futurista are peculiar operas like Disgregazione x velocità by Giacomo Balla, a painting exposed in San Francisco for the “Panama Pacific International Exposition” in 1915, lost and found again only few years ago. Worth to be mentioned is also one of the urban painting by Osvaldo Licini for its curious story: during its restoration, a piece of the Italian newspaper “Il Resto del Carlino” has been found hidden into the frame of the painting. This newspaper clipping talks about the Futurist exposition in 1914, lasted one day and one night into the underground of the Grand Hotel Majestic of Bologna, in which five young artists introduces their first works: Morandi, Pozzati, Vespignani, Bacchelli and Licini itself.

Expand your travel plans!

Bologna is a city which deserves its time to be enough discovered, but also Bologna’s surrounding has plenty of surprises: in half an hour you can take the chance to immerge into the fascinating and powerful atmosphere of early XX century.

The “Universo Futurista” exhibition will start on 21st of April and will stay active until the 18th of November.


Open to the public:

Friday: 15.00 - 19.00 h

Saturday and Sunday: 11.00 - 20.00 h

Groups from Tuesday to Sunday: also in hours different from the public opening


Visit the website fondazionecirulli.org into the section “Plan your visit” or write at info@fondazionecirulli.org to plan or book visits and to see more info







Thanks to Sara Zolla

Communication and External Relations

from Fondazione Massimo e Sonia Cirulli

Lara Tonani



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