Fortunato Depero


“I was born in 1892 in Fondo. Plateau meadows and dark forests of larch and fir. Valley castles and shrines. Father was born and lived sweep policeman and jailer at the castle in Malosco: eyelashes and shaggy mustache bristling, he was moved to a trifle, religion. Mother cook all eyes and all heart. Urchin, I was sent to a boarding school German in Merano. “
So the same Depero describes his early childhood, but it is a very short period at a young age because he moved with his family to Rovereto, he enrolled at the Royal School Elizabethan. After the first exhibition experience in the field of Rovereto, in December 1913 he moved to Rome with Rosetta Amadori its future and faithful companion for life. There he met Balla, one of the masters of Futurism.
In 1916 Depero makes a series of meetings that fascinate him to the world of ballet and entertainment: from that moment begins to work on sets and costumes. At that time Depero met many artists and poets, traveling shows and stories. His love for the show allows him to stage in Rome Dances Plastic, a puppet show.
In 1919 he opens in Rovereto the “Casa d’Arte Depero” in which products are works of art and artistic techniques are tried.
1927 is a crucial year for Depero as he published his most important book: “Depero futurist”, better known as “the book bolted” which is very successful for the original binding consists simply of two bolts and to the node innovative using the instrument typography.
In the years between 1924 and 1928, he is dedicated to the creation of many advertising posters in particular working for the firm Campari. During his two years in New York (1928-1930) also produces the covers of some issues of “Vogue”, “Vanity Fair”, “Sparks” …
In the thirties, he retires assiduously in his thirty region where he continues his artistic activity even if the themes now recover the subject of local folklore with alpine character.
In 1956 decorates the Hall of the Provincial Council of Trent and the year after, with the city of Rovereto, realizes the Galleria Permanente and Depero Museum.
Fortunato Depero, finally died in 1960 in Rovereto.


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