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Print, Fuochi D'Artificio (particolare) (Fireworks, Detail), Progetti scenici per "sintesi futuriste" 1915/1925 (Set Designs for Futurist Syntheses 1915/1925)

This is a Print. It was designed by Giacomo Balla and published by Edizioni Franca Mancini. It is dated ca. 1980 and we acquired it in 1999. Its medium is lithograph on heavy white wove paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Giacomo Balla, a leading figure in the Futurist
movement, which rejected the past in favor of
the dynamic technological developments of the
future, created this set and lighting design for
Fuochi d’Artificio (Fireworks). Featuring music
by Igor Stravinsky, the short performance was
first produced in Rome in 1917 and included no
actors or dancers—only dynamic, colorful sets
and lighting. Included in a portfolio of Balla’s
set designs, this composition incorporates
geometric shapes in vivid colors that would have
been lit internally and externally, responding to
Stravinsky’s musical score.

This object was donated by Tamar Cohen. It is credited Gift of Tamar Cohen.

Its dimensions are

Platemark: 49.7 × 35.2 cm (19 9/16 × 13 7/8 in.) Sheet: 68.6 × 49.2 cm (27 × 19 3/8 in.)

It has the following markings

Publisher's monogram embossed, lower left corner, sheet: FM [Franca Mancini]

It is signed

Printed in gray ink, lower right, directly underneath plate: BALLA / FUTURISTA

It is inscribed

Inscribed in graphite, lower left, directly underneath plate: 45 / 150

Cite this object as

Print, Fuochi D'Artificio (particolare) (Fireworks, Detail), Progetti scenici per "sintesi futuriste" 1915/1925 (Set Designs for Futurist Syntheses 1915/1925); Designed by Giacomo Balla (Italian, 1871–1958); lithograph on heavy white wove paper; Platemark: 49.7 × 35.2 cm (19 9/16 × 13 7/8 in.) Sheet: 68.6 × 49.2 cm (27 × 19 3/8 in.); Gift of Tamar Cohen; 1999-6-5-8

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Collection Selects: Wyss Institute.

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