The Museum of Our Wishes
The exhibition The Museum of Our Wishes came about in winter 1963-64 on the initiative of the Friends of Moderna Museet. A large number of works considered to be essential to the Museum’s collection were borrowed, and a miracle was achieved: Moderna Museet received a one-off grant of SEK 5 million from the Swedish government. Suddenly, the collection had grown to be one of the finest of its kind. The exhibition was pivotal to Moderna Museet’s further development. Works by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Max Ernst, Giacomo Balla, Giorgio de Chirico, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Piet Mondrian and Pablo Picasso were thus added to the collection.
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© Giacomo Balla/Bildupphovsrätt 2020
Country:Italy (1332)
On View:Stockholm
Giacomo Balla
1871 - 1958
Italy Velocità di una automobile + luce, 1913
En bils hastighet + ljus
The Speed of a Car + Light
Oil on paper mounted on canvas
Bildmått: 85 × 107 cm Ram: 88 × 110 × 5 cm
Purchase 1967 (The Museum of Our Wishes)
NM 6067 On view at Stockholm
- About the work
Half circles of white streaks, perhaps the beams from the car headlights, pulsate rhythmically across the canvas. The round shapes indicate the motion of the wheels. The overall impression is of speed and noise. We can almost feel the wind and the smell of exhaust fumes. In the eyes of the futurists, the automobile was more beautiful than any antique sculpture. It represented energy, modernity and dynamism, and encompassed the whole new era, the city and modern life. The futurist manifesto written by Filippo Marinetti in 1909 even sang the praises of war, and some members of the movement collaborated with Mussolini.
- Signature, inscriptions, and markings
- Exhibition history
- Bibliography
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