The Kröller-Müller is the only museum in the Netherlands able to show futurism as an integral part of art history in its permanent display. The museum does this with the sculpture Forme uniche della continuità nello spazio (1913) by Umberto Boccioni, Volo di rondini (1913) by Giacomo Balla and the most recent acquisition from this artist: Forme rumore di motocicletta.

Dynamic sensation

Balla, one of the original futurists, makes this swirling painting after a ride on a motorcycle (motocicletta), an unprecedented sensation at that time. In addition to speed, he also seeks to depict the accompanying roar of the engine. The whole is a typical expression of the key concept of futurism, the ‘dynamic sensation’, of the total experience of modern-day dynamism.

Movement and sound

The circles and trails evoke the movements of the motorcycle: the revolving wheels, the gears and chain. The white star shapes that seem to explode from the gears like metallic sparks represent the sounds of the engine and exhaust. The yellow and green sections refer to the gardens of the Villa Borghese and the Pincian Hill, the setting for Balla’s inspiring ride.

YouTube series about futurism

In this video, you will discover more about the work Forme rumore di motocicletta. Educator Matthea also talks about the futurists' passion for innovation. You can find more videos about futurism on our YouTube channel.