17 June 2021 > 21 November 2021

Casa BallaFrom the house to the universe and back

galleria 5
curated by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, Domitilla Dardi


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Monday closed
Tuesday to Sunday 11 am – 7 pm

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For the first time, the extraordinary Futurist house in Rome where Giacomo Balla lived and worked from 1929 until his death is open to the public.

For thirty years, Giacomo Balla (1871-1958) transformed the entire family home into a veritable work of art. A laboratory of experimentation made up of painted walls, a myriad of furniture, furnishings, decorated utensils, numerous paintings and sculptures, clothes he designed and many other objects that together created a unique and kaleidoscopic total project.

In addition to the Roman house’s opening to the public, the project includes a major thematic exhibition hosted in MAXXI’s spectacular galleria 5. On display are new works conceived and created for the occasion that reflects on the numerous suggestions of Casa Balla, a real piece of art, bringing out the profound topicality of the multifaceted master’s thought.

Invited to investigate Casa Balla are international artists and creatives – Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine, Carlo Benvenuto, Alex Cecchetti, Jim Lambie, Emiliano Maggi, Leonardo Sonnoli, Space Popular and Cassina with Patricia Urquiola – whose productions meet some important loans from Giacomo Balla inside the gallery space.


The project is produced by MAXXI in collaboration with the Special Superintendence for Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape of Rome, with the support of the General Directorate for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Culture and the contribution of the Bank of Italy and sponsors Laura Biagiotti, Mastercard and Cassina.

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