May 23, 2019 - Sale 2510

Sale 2510 - Lot 60

Price Realized: $ 11,875
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 12,000 - $ 18,000
25 1/4x64 inches, 61 1/2x87 1/2 cm.
Condition: B+: darkening and restoration at edges and along vertical and horizontal folds; small replaced loss and restoration along folds.
Futurism and Fascism were always linked - an association that grew closer as the 20th century progressed, perhaps reaching its peak in 1932, when Marinetti helped promote the Exhibition of the Fascist Revolution. Here, in the national red, white and green of the Italian flag, Leandri (overseen by Marinetti), extols the wonders of the exhibition and the "bold, futurist soul" of Mussolini. This poster appeared as a folded insert in issue 29 of Futurismo, a short-lived newspaper printed from 1932-33. This rare document is one of the only "free word" typographic posters from the Futurist era. This is the second copy we've found at auction. Manifesti Italiani p. 112, Futuriste 142.