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Interlocking asymmetries: The Communal Table
To celebrate Giacomo Balla's work, Cassina has created The Communal Table based on a design by Patricia Urquiola. This large table, inspired by the asymmetries and diagonal cuts of the artist’s furniture, has coloured, transparent polycarbonate bases that emphasise those iridescent permeations that were so dear to him.
The table, an encounter between design, technology and humanistic sensitivity, is displayed as part of the exhibition and intended to be a place for sharing and exchanging, where visitors can consult documents and material relating to Giacomo Balla’s work. This exchange between people and the arts recalls the artist’s own approach and that of futurism in general.
The table is made up of modular elements built on interlocking symmetrical planes, typical of Balla's style, that give movement and dynamism to the piece, aspects that are also founding concepts of Futurist art. It also focuses on colours and transparencies, testifying how Giacomo Balla's work is not only contemporary but also adaptable to today and tomorrow’s techniques and materials.
“Casa Balla. Dalla casa all’universo e ritorno” curated by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, Director of MAXXI Arte, and Domitilla Dardi, Curator for Design at MAXXI, is open to the public from the 17th of June to the 21st of November 2021.
Book to visit Casa Balla for the first time, on via Oslavia, during the weekend from Friday 25th of June until 21st of November 2021. maxxi.art
Paravento Balla: artistic expression
At the MAXXI, during the exhibition, Cassina also presents the Paravento Balla, the screen born from a sketch by Giacomo Balla from 1917. Produced by Cassina, in collaboration with the heirs of Giacomo Balla, the screen also stands out for its asymmetrical shapes and bright colours and, like all the products in the Cassina I Maestri Collection, bears the author's logo and signature.
Discover the Paravento Balla screen.