This exhibition was organised to celebrate the centenary of Primo Conti's birth. Tracing the developments in his own style, it looked at his place within the Futurist constellation, and how the Futurist Florentine group influenced him between 1913 and 1919, before he moved away from Futurism to explore other inspirations and influences. Futurism, with its charismatic leader and abrasive ideology, fired the young Conti's imagination. In his long career, the prodigious talent shown in his Futurist years was never surpassed.

The selection for this exhibition was made by Roberta Cremoncini in close collaboration with the Fondazione Primo Conti, Fiesole. Housed in Villa Le Coste, just outside Florence, the Fondazione was established in 1980 and houses sixty paintings, more than a hundred drawings and a large number of archival documents. The exhibition was a rare chance to see some of these incredible works outside Italy.

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Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau on the set of La Notte by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960 © Sergio Strizzi Photography

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Pasquarosa, Vase of Flowers, c. 1916

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