Balla, Giacomo

Balla Giacomo (1871-1958). Italian painter. In May 1914 he signed the Manifesto of the Futurist Men’s Suit in which he theorized the Transformable Suit.

Balla Giacomo (1871-1958). Italian painter. In May 1914 he signed the Manifesto del vestito maschile futurista (Manifesto of the Futurist Men’s Suit) in which he theorized the Vestito Trasformabile (Transformable Suit). It is a suit that could be modified by attaching fabric of different colors and shapes by means of snap fasteners.

The first Futurist suit is, according to the painter,  “dynamic, aggressive, annoying, strong-willed, violent, flying, agile, joyful, illuminating, phosphorescent”. But the first clothes created by the artist, in a large or fine checkered pattern, characterized by a basic but dynamic cut, came out in 1912.

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Futurism and suits.

Balla and the futuristic movement

One of the masters of the Futurist Movement, he was very interested in clothing, considering it as a radical, futurist renewal of life. Moreover this lead to his Manifesto per la Ricostruzione Futurista dell’Universo (Manifesto for the Futurist Reconstruction of the Universe), signed in 1915 together with his fellow-artist Depero. Then starting in the 1920s, Balla created suits, ties, waistcoats, tapestries, fans, bags and hats in which the lines of velocity in his painting are transformed into extravagant arabesques and geometric decorations of vivid and contrasting colors.

Each one is a unique piece and was created by the artist at his home in Rome, with the help of his daughters Luce and Elica. Furthermore some very important pieces belong to the Biagiotti-Cigna Collection (Guidonia) and to the Coen and Pieroni Collection in Pescara.

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Bakst, Léon

Balla Giacomo, futurist

Bakst, Léon

Bakst, Léon . The professional name of Lev Samojlovic Rosenberg (1886-1924). Russian painter. He created the avant-guard movement known as The World of Art.

Bakst, Léon . The professional name of Lev Samojlovic Rosenberg (1886-1924), a Russian painter. A Symbolist, he created together with Diaghilev and Alexandre Benois the avant-guard movement known as The World of Art. He followed Diaghilev to Paris and was the most important costume and set designer of the Ballets Russes. He worked on Schéhérazade (1909), The Firebird (1910), and Afternoon of a Faun. His references to the folk traditions of his native land, charged with exoticism, influenced the French fashions of those years.

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Baj, Enrico

Baj, Enrico

Baj Enrico (1912-2003). Italian painter. He was among founders of the Movimento Nucleare in Milan. In 1961 he designed for the Bruna Bini collection.

Baj Enrico (1912-2003). Italian painter. He was among the artists who founded the Movimento Nucleare in Milan. In 1961 he designed for the Bruna Bini collection. It was an outfit made up of a blouse and skirt decorated with inlays of fabric, plastic, and military medals. Additionally it represented a lady general and was meant to be placed next to his paintings illustrating the same subject in his Dame e Generali period.

The painter died on June 15, 2003 in Vergiate.

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Accardi, Carla

Basaldella, Afro

Afro Basaldella (1912-1976). Italian painter. He also designed jewellery, starting with a pair of earrings in yellow gold with emeralds and rubies.

Afro Libio Basaldella , 1912-1976. Italian painter. He also designed jewellery, starting with a pair of earrings in yellow gold with emeralds and rubies produced in 1949 by the goldsmith Gherardi of Rome. Among the main figures in the renewal of painting in postwar Italy, Afro created jewellery until the early 1960s. His pieces are unique and reflect the abstract character of his painting. His work as a goldsmith was exhibited at the International Exhibition of Modern Jewellery 1890/1961 at Goldsmith Hall, Foster Lane, London, in 1962.

Basaldella Afro was born in Udine on March 4, 1912 and died in Zurich on July 24,1976.

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Accardi, Carla

Accardi Carla (1924-2014). Italian painter. In 1949 she created for her own use a sculpture-brooch in gold with diamonds, pearls and corals.

Accardi Carla (1924-2014) was an italian painter. She was born in Trapani on October 9, 1924. In 1949 she created for her own use a sculpture-brooch in gold with diamonds, pearls and corals.

In the post-war period it is one of the most important pieces of art-jewelry directly inspired by a work in gouache from the period of Forma 1, the name by which a group of Italian abstract artists described themselves.

Carla Accardi.
Carla Accardi.

She was part of feminism in Italy by setting up the “Rivolta Donne” group.

Carla Accardi died on February 23rd, 2014 in Rome.

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