VIRGILIO MARCHI

VIRGILIO MARCHI - Biography


Virgilio Marchi (Livorno, 21 January 1895 - Rome, 30 April 1960) was an Italian scenographer and architect.
He was a prominent exponent of the Second Futurism and one of the major Italian scenographers. Approaching the futurist movement at a very young age, he became a friend of Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, for whom he designed his villa in Capri in 1927. His drawings thus represent the extreme synthesis between the architectural and urban planning culture of the avant-garde such as Antonio Sant'Elia and Mario Chiattone and pure formal research. As an architect in 1925 he restructured the Odescalchi Theater [1] by equipping it with a modern electrical system, the Casa d'Arte Bragaglia and the Teatro degli Indipendenti, also developing the restoration project for the ancient Roman baths in Via degli Avignonesi in Rome.
In 1929 he designed scenes and costumes for the works L'Italiana in Algeri and La Cenerentola by Rossini. In 1930 he began his collaboration with the Compagnia di Lamberto Picasso. The following year he published new Italy while in 1934 he was among the participants of the Volta conference organized by the Academy of Italy.
Between 1948 and 1952 he created the Odeon Cinema in Livorno, at the time one of the largest in Italy and today substantially demolished.