Giacomo Balla, a cardinal point of 20th century art, is the protagonist of the exhibition on view from Thursday 15 April at Galleria Russo in Rome.
Curated by Fabio Benzi, “Giacomo Balla. From the First Self-Portrait to the Last Roses” will offer the public of scholars and enthusiasts the opportunity to retrace the artist’s entire career through a surprising gallery of preparatory studies – some of them previously unpublished – punctuated by some important definitive works. To these materials, most of which come directly from Casa Balla and have so far remained with the heirs, the exhibition entrusts the task of leading the visitor to the heart of the intricate creative paths of the great leader of the school, flanking youthful incunabula, illuminating sketches of well-known masterpieces and final works. It is,” writes Fabio Benzi in the introduction to the catalogue, “like entering the artist’s studio and opening dozens of drawers to discover the genesis of masterpieces and studio works, penetrating the hidden secrets of paintings that are sometimes more famous, sometimes more private, but always participating in an unquestionable and overbearing creative fury, which shows us the final and initial phases of a unitary path, of a tireless rovello”.