Giacomo Balla (Turin, 1871 – Rome, 1958) is considered as one of the most important Italian artists and one of the few who delt with all different aspects of art. Without any nostalgia for the past, he realized everything: from furniture to hats for ladies, having interests both in architecture and design and in female fashion as well. Inspired by the Russian avant-gardist Mikhail Larionov and his collaboration to the Ballets Russes by Sergei Diaghilev, Balla created clothes with moving plastic elements (1915).
A key feature of his art is restructuring reality through a series of dynamisms seen in their temporal dimension: a flow of color, lights and shapes on a background of a scientific- positivistic attitude towards the potentiality of art as a whole.
Auctions - The painting Automobile in corsa (1913) was sold at auction by Sotheby's in New York in 2013 for $ 11,477,000.
Collections - His works are in several collections in Italy, such as the Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Turin, the MART in Trento and Rovereto, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, and abroad, like the Art Institute of Chicago, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) in New York, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Among the exhibitions we have to mention the Salon D'Autoumne in Paris (1909), Der Sturm in Berlin (1913), The Museum of Modern Art (MoMa, 1949), Tate Gallery in London (1980), Museum of Art in Philadelphia (1980).
Galleria d'Arte Maggiore g.a.m. deals regularly with the works by Balla and has collaborated for the exhibition Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: reconstructing the Universe at Solom R. Guggenheim in New York (2014) and for the show Arti in Italia 1918-1943 at Fondazione Prada in Milan (2018), curated by Germano Celant.