Giacomo Balla

Born 1871, Turin, Italy

Died 1958, Rome, Italy

 

1891-92   Studies at the Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti, the Liceo Artistico in Turin, and the University of Turin with Cesare Lombroso.  First exhibition at the Società Promotrice di Belle Arti.

1895   Moves to Rome to work as an illustrator and portraitist.

1899   Participates in the Venice Biennale and the Esposizione internazionale di belle arti in Rome.

1900   Spends several months in Paris under the guidance of illustrator Serafino Macchiati.

1903   Instructs Gino Severini and Umberto Boccioni in painting techniques.  Exhibits at Esposizione internazionale d’arte della città di Venezia.

1904   Exhibits at the Glaspalast in Munich.

1909   Exhibits at the Salon d’Autonome, Paris.

1910   Signs the second Futurist painting manifesto with Boccioni, Carlo Carrà, Luigi Russolo, and Severini.

1912   Travels to London and Düsseldorf; beings to paint abstract light studies.

1913   Participates in Erste deutsche Herbstsalon in Berlin and the Rotterdamsche Kunstkring in Rotterdam.

1914   Experiments with sculpture and exhibits at the Prima esposizione libera futurista at the Galleria Sprovieri, Rome. Begins designing and painting Futurist furniture and clothing.

1915   Writes the manifesto Ricostruzione futurista dell’universo with Fortunato Depero.  First solo exhibition at Società Italiana Lampade Elettriche in Rome.  His works also premier at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco.

1918   Solo show at the Casa d’Arte Bragaglia in Rome.

1920s   Continues exhibiting in Europe and the Unites States.

1935   Becomes a member of the Accademia di San Luca in Rome.