Tato (Guglielmo Sansoni)





Guglielmo Sansoni, known as Tato, was an Italian futurist artist, one of the protagonists of aeropainting. In 1920 he organized a fake funeral to "die" as Guglielmo Sansoni and be reborn as a futurist Tato. He met Filippo Tommaso Marinetti for the first time in Bologna in 1922 and became his friend. In 1929, together with other futurists, he published the Manifesto of Aeropainting in the Gazzetta del Popolo. In September 1930 he and Marinetti organized the first national photographic competition, and between that year and the following they proposed the Manifesto of Futurist photography. In 1941 he wrote the autobiography Tato RacconTato da Tato. The figure and work of Tato have been waiting for a definitive arrangement for years. However, it is not easy to fix deadlines, given the vastness of the material still to be examined and the numerous unpublished works to be analyzed. It is clear, however, that in the current state of research, the figure of Tato should now be read <>. In fact, he is a painter, sculptor, writer, essayist, fresco painter, ceramist, advertising decorator, set designer, futurist photographer: these are the most significant strands of a commitment that has developed over a span of 60 years. A complex personality, the of him, who has had very close relationships with the key characters of futurism, since its inception. The documents that testify to participation in the Futurist movement - often as a protagonist - have not yet been fully brought to light, nor properly arranged, as the correspondence made up of correspondence, articles, notes, memoirs is very vast. The same book (autograph) Tato narrated by Tato, published in 1941, provides only some indications and briefly documents the development of his numerous experiences (futurism, aeropainting, photography, scenography, aeroceramics, futurist furniture, etc.). Therefore, a complete anthology is very necessary in which paintings, tempera, watercolors, ceramics, futurist photographs can be ordered and presented: in a word, everything that he has produced in vitù of a long and passionate use, so as to illuminate finally, of a new light and <> the complex personality of the Master. He died in the capital in 1974.