Aeropittura Futurista: Images of Flight in Italian Art (1913-1942)

June 16, 1989 – October 2, 1989

National Air and Space Museum
Independence Avenue and 6th Street, SW
Washington, DC

Flight and the Arts, Gallery 211, 2nd Floor, East Wing Floor Plan

Italian Futurism, the first modern art movement to embrace technology as subject matter, is the focus of this exhibition. Futurism was founded by Italian poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti in 1909, six years after the Wright brothers' 1st flight. Twenty years later, he created a new form of futurism called "Aeropittura Futurista" or "Futurist Aero-Painting" to address "the immense visionary and sensory drama of flight."

The exhibition is divided into three sections:

  • 73 works of art on paper by such artists as Giacomo Balla and Filippo Masoero
  • Over 40 documents, photographs, and books on Italian Futurism
  • Information on Italian aviation history of the 1920s and 1930s