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Sculptural Construction of Noise and Speed, (1914-1915)/(reconstructed 1968)

Giacomo Balla, Italian, b. Turin, 1871–1958

Aluminum and steel on painted wood mount, 40 1/8 x 46 1/2 x 7 7/8 in. (101.8 x 118 x 20 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1972

Accession Number: 72.21

Provenance:
Estate of the artist, Rome
Galleria dell'Obelisco, Rome, to 25 June 1968
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 25 June 1968-6 March 1972
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1972

Exhibition History:
GALLERIA DELL'OBELISCO, Rome. "Balla sculpture: 1913-15," May-June 1968, no cat.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Inaugural Exhibition," 4 October 1974-15 September 1975, no. 248.
WESTFALISCHES LANDESMUSEUM FUR KUNST UND KULTURGESCHICHTE, Munster, Germany. "Reliefs: Formprobleme zwischen Malerei und Skulptur im 20. Jahrhundert," 1 June-3 August 1980, no. 19, ill. p. 120.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Dreams and Nightmares," 8 December 1983-12 February 1984, checklist no. 7, ill. p. 41.
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Los Angeles. "Automobile and Culture," 21 July 1984-6 January 1985. TOUR: DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS, Michigan, 8 April-23 June 1985.
[SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York. "Abstraction in the Twentieth Century: Total Risk, Freedom, Discipline," 9 February-12 May 1996, no. 49, ill. p. 50.]
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Collection in Context: Metropolis in the Machine Age," 28 February-2 September 2002, no cat.
CORCORAN GALLERY OF ART, Washington, DC. "Modernism: Designing a New World," 17 March-29 July 2007.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC [w/support of the Embassy of Italy, Washington, DC]. "Le Onde: Waves of Italian Influence, 1914-1971," 16 September 2015-3 January 2016, color ill. p. 30; p. 80.

Published References:
DORAZIO, VIRGINIA DORTCH. Giacomo Balla: An Album of His Life and Work (New York: Wittenborn, 1970), no. 164, ill.
GALLERIA DELL'OBELISCO. Balla 1871-1958: tutte le sculture (Rome: 1971), no. 2, ill.
LERNER, ABRAM, et al. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Abrams, 1974), p. 661, ill. p. 191.
GOLDSTEIN, ERNEST, et al. Understanding and Creating Art (Dallas, Texas: Garrard Pub. Textbook Division, 1986 ; revised, 1992), fig. 172.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, Futurism