Depero’s House of Futurist Art is a particular museum. In 1915 its creator, Fortunato Depero, had joined Marinetti’s Futurist movement – based on the 1909 “Manifesto” that clearly stated: “daily visits to museums, libraries, and academies (cemeteries of empty exertion, Calvaries of crucified dreams, registries of aborted beginnings!) are, for artists, as damaging as the prolonged supervision by parents of certain young people drunk with their talent and their ambitious wills.”
The Trento-born artist came up with the idea for this House of Art in 1957, and barely saw it open its doors – although incomplete – in 1959, the year before his death.
In Rovereto’s old city center, in this building where the leading figure of contemporary design oversaw every detail, over three thousand of Depero’s works are now on display, including drawings, paintings, tapestries, cloth inlaid works, posters, collages and toys. Not to mention his works of applied art, to which Depero gave great importance: they were the nexus in which artists could become involved in people’s daily lives, proving that art is not museums’ exclusive prerogative.
This is, in short, the home of a brilliant artist.