Murals from 1933 and 1934 by the Italian Futurist Benedetta at home in a conference room in a post office in Palermo, Sicily. AGR/Riccardi/Paoloni

As a capstone to its coming show “Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe,” the Guggenheim Museum has managed a rare coup: securing the first loan of five major Futurist murals from the central post office in Palermo, Sicily, where they have hung since being commissioned for the space in the 1930s.

These rarely seen murals, which have adorned a conference room for decades, are both figurative and abstract, cast in shades of blue, with fluid and straight lines that play with perspective. They were painted in 1933 and 1934 by an artist, Benedetta Cappa, who went by only her first name. She was married to Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, the poet who founded the Futurist movement in 1909 with a manifesto that rejected the past and called for an aggressive push toward the future.


Rachel Donadio
New York Times