Depero’s Copied Original

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There are a handful of books that all designers must see, even if they can’t own a copy. Fortunato Depero’s 1927 monograph Depero Futurista, also known as The Bolted Book, because it is bound together by two large industrial aluminum bolts, is one of the key documents of the Modern movement. Funny, too, because it is basically an elaborate self-promotional portfolio for the theatrical Depero. It is also acknowledged as the first modern-day artist’s book for the typographic tricks and display innovations therein.


The book has been displayed in glass cases, pages have been reproduced in lovely books and there have even been two now-rare facsimiles published over the past 30 years that look close to the original. This week it was announced that The Center for Italian Modern Art in New York, the Mart, Museum of modern and contemporary art of Trento and Rovereto, Italy (which houses the Depero archives), and Designers & Books (New York) are collaborating on a Kickstarter resurrection (launching on Oct. 18). Here is that announcement. Also on the site are photos of the entire book. Of course, photos on screen and paper in hand are two markedly different tactile experiences, but until the Kickstarter launches, enjoy what you have.


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