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5 August 2021

Italian and Russian Futurists Exhibition Opens in St. Petersburg

Giacomo Balla. Mercury passes in before the sun. 1914.
Laminated canvas, tempera. Gianni Mattioli collection, Milan.

On July 15, the Mikhailovsky Castle with the participation of the U-Art Foundation was opened the exhibition “Italian Futurism from the Mattioli Collection. Russian Cubo-Futurism from the Russian Museum and Private Collections”.
The unique exhibition project brings together the works of Italian and Russian futurists and acquaints Russian viewers with this international art movement.

For the first time at the Mikhailovsky Castle, the most important works of Italian futurism will be shown along with the famous works of Russian masters, which allows visitors to see the closeness and differences of this artistic movement in the art of the two countries.

The viewers will get acquainted with the diversity and originality of futurism in Russia. Along with well-known works, the exhibition will also feature previously unknown paintings and graphics from the collection of the Russian Museum and private collections in Moscow. Among the authors of the exhibited works: Natalia Goncharova, David Burliuk, Kazimir Malevich, Aristarkh Lentulov, Lyubov Popova, Olga Rozanova, Alexandra Ekster and other representatives of the Russian avant-garde.

In 1972, the 26 foreign works included in the exhibition were recognized as a national treasure of Italy. The Mattioli collection, mainly composed of works by the futurists, is considered one and inseparable. It was in this form that it was exhibited from 1997 to 2016 in the Peggy Guggenheim collection (Venice). Since then, these works have left Italy for the first time precisely for the sake of their demonstration in the Russian Museum. After the exhibition in St. Petersburg, the Mattioli collection will become part of the Pinacoteca di Brera.

The live broadcast of the opening will begin on July 15 at 16:00 on the Russian Museum's Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/russian_museum/.

On July 16, the exhibition will be open to visitors and will continue to work until October 4.

Vladimir Baranoff-Rossine. Norwegian Rhapsody. Winter motive from Tronjem. Before 1917. Oil on canvas. State Russian Museum

Mario Sironi. The white horse. 1919. Oil on canvas. Gianni Mattioli Collection, Milan

Natalia Goncharova. Cyclist. 1913. Oil on canvas. State Russian Museum

Gino Severini. Blue dancer. 1912. Canvas, oil, sparkles. Gianni Mattioli Collection, Milan

Kazimir Malevich. Perfected Portrait of Ivan Kliun. 1913. Oil on canvas. State Russian Museum

Alexandra Ekster. City at Night. 1913. Oil on canvas. State Russian Museum.

Luigi Russolo. Solidity of Fog. 1912. Oil on canvas. Gianni Mattioli collection, Milan.

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