But on the bibliophile-collecting front, the event is not unique. Passing from the first to the second (or third …) futurism, another lost text of the movement is reborn. It is Aeromusiche d’alfabeto in liberty, a volume made in a single copy in February 1944 and composed of six free word plates painted by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Tullio Crali (1910-2000) and Raoul Cenisi, a Dalmatian transplanted to Gorizia. That single copy was donated by Crali to Marinetti, who unfortunately was unable to get it published in time by the ERRE Editions. The specimen then ended up in the hands of a Roman antiquarian and sold to the American collector Mitchell Wolfson Jr. In short, disappeared. In the 1980s Crali decided to pack two more virtually identical copies, one for himself and another given to the third artist involved in the project, Raoul Cenisi. Well. Now that book-object is reproduced by the Biblohaus publishing house in a limited edition (50 numbered copies, at 400 euros each), accompanied by the essay-memorial by Domenico Cammarota Con Crali the Futurist (pp. 278, 15 euros). And so Futurism finds a piece of its past.
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