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UBERTO BONETTI. AEROVIEWS OF THE THIRTIES
9 November 2018 @ 00:00
An opportunity to discover one of the most original and interesting representatives of the Futurist Aeropainting.
In 1931, when he began to work on the series of Italian aeroviews, Uberto Bonetti was a talented young man, well known in the artistic circle of Viareggio, especially to be the creator of the famous carnival mask of Burlamacco, with several relevant experiences as illustrator and designer. His passion for Futurism and the fascination for flight naturally lead him to a enthusiast adhesion to Aeropainting, which is probably the most significant and interesting expression of the so-called Second Futurism. He met personalities such as Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Luigi Pirandello, Italo Balbo and Krimer. The latter suggested him to develop a series of works that, in line with the graphic research that he was already autonomously elaborating, depicted the Italian cities in a strikingly futuristic style. The aim was to create visual syntheses of contemporary urban realities, from which had to be made decorative panels to be placed in the diplomatic offices of the colonies. This suggestion took the form of a commission and had to answer to some propaganda requirements. So, next to the most famous cities of art, there are some touristic and glamorous places, industrial cities that attest the economic development useful to Italy to be accredited as a modern nation, and of course the cities of fascist foundation. Flying over the peninsula (from about 1932 to 1938), Bonetti took pictures and made sketches that he then assembled and reworked in more structured works on paper, with a fondness for watercolor. The composition puts the main architectures of the city in the foreground, repeating them as an image fractioned by the vortex of the helix, decomposed into segments in quick sequence. The final effect of this stage, which combines the originality of the point of view and the speed, is extraordinarily dynamic. Unfortunately, none of the definitive panels has been found, but many of these “studies” remain, and they are the great futurist legacy of Bonetti. More than forty of them can be seen in the exhibition, including those dedicated to Turin, in particular to the Fascist architecture and to Fiat, to Piedmont, with Sestrière, Cuneo, Novara, several Ligurian towns and a selection of other cities resolved in an exemplary manner.
The exhibition will be open till December, 6 2018.