Gerardo Dottori. Songs of Futurism by the Master of Aeropainting

curated by Massimo Duranti with texts by Lorenzo Canova, Andrea Baffoni and Roberto Floreani

The exhibition Gerardo Dottori. Excerpts from Futurism by the Master of Aeropainting, realized with the Patronage of the Municipality of Rome, curated by Massimo Duranti, with catalog texts by Lorenzo Canova, Andrea Baffoni and Roberto Floreani, offers the public more than eighty works by Gerardo Dottori, executed in a time span from the late 1800s to 1976 and contemplating works figurative works from the prefuturist period, parolibere, paintings and hydromatites from the futurist season, paintings, drawings (sketches of historical works) of the aeropictorial season, “pieces” of Futurist sacred art, representations of the “New Modern Landscape” up to the latest illustrations. Numerous, in particular, unpublished works or works that have not been exhibited for a long time. These include the unpublished Virata on
Rivers, Lake, Sea of 1934 and Nocturne of 1925. After more than fifty years it will be possible to again admire Elevation of 1945, a large painting of pure artistic spirituality. Among the works on paper, the precocious charcoal of the wartime mountain landscape Synthesis of Mountains of 1919 and the precious sketch of the central part of the 1925 Triptych of Speed. Not forgetting three extremely rare parolibere drafted during World War I. A wide-ranging and high-quality overview that illustrates the poetics of Gerardo Dottori and at the at the same time testifies to the prolific and varied activity of the celebrated futurist and master of Aeropainting.
“By means of the moods of airplane speeds I was able to create the terrestrial landscape isolating it out of time-space by feeding it with the sky so that it would become paradise.” (G. Dottori) The exhibition is organized by Galleria Russo, in collaboration with the Gerardo Dottori Archives (Perugia) and is part of the now historical path of the Gallery, which for more than 20 years has been dedicated
to the enhancement of the great artists of the Italian twentieth century and follows, in order of time, the monographs already dedicated to the great protagonists of Futurism: Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (2013), Giacomo Balla (2010), Umberto Boccioni (2000), Carlo Erba (2013), Mino delle Site (2008).
On the occasion of the exhibition, Roberto Floreani’s Futurist Evening in Deer Gloves will be staged, a highly emotional performance of poetic declamation, music, aerodance and video projections conceived by Roberto Floreani, accompanied by his Futurist Maniple and inspired by the Futurist evening of April 9, 1914 in Perugia in which the young Gerardo Dottori also spoke, who had embraced the theories of the Movement a couple of years earlier.