Happy birthday to Italian Futurist painter Giacomo Balla! His 1913-1914 painting from the Guggenheim collection "Abstract Speed + Sound" will be on view in our 2014 exhibition "Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe." Learn more at guggenheim.org/futurism.
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  • guggenheimHappy birthday to Italian Futurist painter Giacomo Balla! His 1913-1914 painting from the Guggenheim collection "Abstract Speed + Sound" will be on view in our 2014 exhibition "Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe." Learn more at guggenheim.org/futurism.

  • katejm@sarasrking !!!!
  • seductivenihilismBalla was a fascist.
  • wishuwerebeeerall the artists of italian futurism liked to be active and loved their country so they have fighted @seductivenihilism
  • ivana_zannini
  • seductivenihilism@latesundayevening WTF? "They liked to be active and lived their country??????" That is some bullshit apologia for fascism!!!
  • seductivenihilismYes, the nationalism displayed by fascists who "loved their country" meant thousands of people died because they opposed totalitarianism, or were ethiopian, or libiyan, or yugoslavian.
  • wishuwerebeeerthey were all fascists! i didn't say 'they weren't fascists' but they had a reason @seductivenihilism
  • seductivenihilism@latesundayevening "they had reason?" WTF!?
  • wishuwerebeeerthey wanted the war so when they had the opportunity, the have fighted! and most of them died in war for no reason! @seductivenihilism
  • wishuwerebeeeri don't think that fascism or nazisnm is good, but they had their (stupid) ideas. but, i like Balla's picture and the first hing when i look at this picture isn't "Balla was fascist" but "Balla drew well". that's art. @seductivenihilism
  • seductivenihilism@latesundayevening, no that isn't 'just art.' Italian futurism, specially chose to align itself politically, and it choose the politics of fascism. Your apolitical sense of art is contemporary, I assure you that most of the modern art movements that you probably think are beautiful had specific political agendas--the art could not have been created without this context. So no, it's not okay to post painting by known fascists without at least mentioning that they supported Mussolini, and the torture and death of Italian fascism.
  • wishuwerebeeerok, now i've finally understood your opinion. it's true all that you said. @seductivenihilism
  • buttercupsoup@seductivenihilism Interesting discussion. I'm not saying you are wrong about the context of this and similar paintings, but I take issue with the notion that one can't post a picture of a painting without indicating that it was created by fascists. So you're saying that all art MUST be viewed with an explanation of its context? Art can't be appreciated on its aesthetic value alone?
  • buttercupsoupor does this apply only to art created by those of specific political groups? @seductivenihilism
  • anacristinaravagnaniGreat post. Interesting theme for the 2014 exihibition!!!
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