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Interventionist Demonstration (Patriotic Holiday-Freeword Painting)
(Manifestazione interventista [Festa patriottica-dipinto parolibero]), 1914
Tempera, pen, mica powder, paper glued on cardboard, 38.5 x 30 cm
Gianni Mattioli Collection
Long-term loan to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
© Carlo Carrà, by SIAE 2008


Painted a few days after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo (28 June), and published in the magazine Lacerba on the day that Germany declared war on Russia (1 August), this image was inspired by the vortex-like spinning of leaflets dropped from an airplane over the Piazza del Duomo of Milan. Although originally titled Dipinto parolibero (Festa patriottica), it later acquired the title Manifestazione Interventista (Interventionist Demonstration) by which it is generally known today. This refers to Filippo Tommaso Marinetti's and Carlo Carrà's active support of Italian intervention against Austria in the Great War, suggested by the Italian flags and occasional words, such as TRIESTE ITALIANO.
''Parole in libertà'' (words-in-freedom) was a literary form devised by Marinetti in which words in different fonts and sizes are freely “let loose” across the printed page. References to music and the repetition of letters to suggest shouts (EEEVVVIVAAA for example) and noises evoke Luigi Russolo's performances of ''Spirals of Intonated Noises'' in Milan in May 1914.

credits: Hangar Design Group