LUCIO VENNA - Biography

Lucio Venna, pseudonym of Giuseppe Landsmann (Venice, 28 December 1897 - Florence, 4 September 1974), was an Italian painter, exponent of the futurist movement.Giuseppe Landsmann (aka Lucio Venna), son of a merchant of Austrian origin, was born in Venice on December 28, 1897. Venna joined the movement between 1914 and '15, mediator Marinetti, and immediately contacted Boccioni, to whom he sent the first futurist paintings. In 1916 he collaborated as an actor and assistant director in the film Vita futurista, by Arnaldo Ginna. Meanwhile, the link with Emilio Notte appears to be more and more solid and, in the same year, the two artists develop a draft of the Futurist Anti-Tattler Manifesto which will remain unpublished. The following year, Notte and Venna signed the poster Fondamento Lineare Geometrico on the pages of “L'Italia Futurista” (the genius and muscles of the unshakable futurist friends of painters). In 1917 Venna is now an integral part of the futurist group of the Blue Patrol and collaborates, with free words and drawings, in "Futurist Italy", directed by Emilio Settimelli and Bruno Corra. In Rome, during his military service, he attended Giacomo Balla and Fortunato Depero, and worked at CINES. In February 1918 he elaborates again with Notte a project for another futurist manifesto which will also remain unpublished. Between 1918 and 1920 he collaborated with some drawings in the magazine "Roma Futurista" and, more occasionally, in Dinamo and in the newspaper "I enemies of Italy". The Great National Futurist Exhibition, promoted by Marinetti in 1919 in Milan (Central Gallery of Palazzo del Cova), sees him present with seventeen works. In the Lombard city he met Achille Funi and Alberto Martini with whom he established a relationship of esteem and friendship. The three artists participate shortly after (1920) in the artistic stay offered by the industrialist Piero Preda in the villa of Rovenna, on Lake Como. In 1920 he was with the founders of the Dadaist magazine "Bleu"