ENZO BENEDETTO

ENZO BENEDETTO - Biography


Benedetto, called Record by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, approached the second futurism in 1924 knowing Mino Somenzi and was active as a futurist until his death, becoming a tenacious continuator of the principles of the movement, revisited in 1967 with the manifesto of Futurism Today. Benedetto theorizes and practices the union of color with the word and coins the term chromium-paro-free to define the synthesis between painting and writing. In 1924 in Reggio Calabria he edited the magazine Originalità, publishing on the front page an editorial by Marinetti on futurism at the XIV Venice Biennale. In 1925 he curated with Libero de Libero the Interplanetary magazine, known for having hosted the first writings of Alberto Moravia. In 1926 he promoted the Futurist room for the 4th Calabrian Art Biennale of Reggio Calabria, curated by Alfonso Frangipane and in which they exhibited, among the others, Depero, Doctors, Tato, Fillia, Pozzo, Benedetta Marinetti and himself. Also in 1926, when the XV Venice Biennale also presented the Futurists for the first time, Benedetto followed the event as a correspondent for the newspaper "L'Eco di Messina e della Calabria". He moved permanently to Rome in 1927 and adhered to the Manifesto of Aeropittura in 1931. In 1930 he published Journey to the planet Mars, a science fiction novel, as an insert of the newspaper Il Popolo di Calabria.Benedetto had begun to fly in 1926 as documented by a photo of the 'era. In that same year, inspired by the deeds of the aviator of the same name, he painted the De Pinedo painting, of which a 1990 remake is preserved at the Air Force Museum "G. Caproni ”from Trento, and the Aerei tempera, now in a private Roman collection. It therefore adheres, promptly and with good reason, to the Manifesto already signed by Balla, Marinetti, Depero, Dottori, Tato, Prampolini, Fillia, which advocates the triumph of a spatiality enhanced by flight in its dynamic effects and freed from the fixity of the horizon. World War II was imprisoned in Africa by British troops until the end of the conflict. Benedetto continued his futurist activity also in the second half of the twentieth century. In 1951 he participated in Bologna, Palazzo del Podestà, in the collective "National Exhibition of Futurist Painting and Sculpture", with Acquaviva, Giacomo Balla, Primo Conti, Tullio Crali, Fortunato Depero, Gerardo doctors. He died in Rome in 1993 where he had lived for some time now.