Designers & Books hat im Herbst 2016 mittels Kickstarter ein neues Projekt ins Leben gerufen: Sie publizieren ein Faksimile des Buches Depero Futurista (Depero the Futurist) von Fortunato Depero aus dem Jahr 1927, welches auch unter dem Namen »The Bolted Book« bekannt ist, aufgrund seiner speziellen Bindung aus zwei Aluminiumschrauben. »The Bolted Book« zeigt Deperos Werk sowie seine bilderstürmenden Ideen und begeistert mit typografischen Experimenten, welche zur damaliger Zeit wegweisend waren. Das Buch wird in einer Auflage von ca. 1000 Stück produziert und kann noch bis zum 28. Februar 2017 vorbestellt werden. 


Designers & Books launched a Kickstarter on October 18 to publish a new facsimile edition of Depero Futurista (Depero the Futurist), recognized as the first modern-day artist’s book. Known as “The Bolted Book” because of its famous binding using two aluminum industrial bolts, Depero Futurista is a visual tour de force filled with groundbreaking typographic experiments and bold explorations in nearly every art and design medium, including advertising and the form of the book itself. Conceived in 1927 by the Italian Futurist Fortunato Depero, the book was created as both a showcase for Depero’s work and a platform for his iconoclastic ideas. These ideas anticipated, by almost 100 years, an approach to design- and art-making that can be seen everywhere today—from the breaking down of barriers between fine art and popular culture, to an emphasis on working across multiple disciplines, to the necessity of self-promotion by artists and designers.
The facsimile edition will be produced in collaboration with the Mart, Museum of modern and contemporary art of Trento and Rovereto, which houses the Depero archives; and the Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA) in New York, which featured The Bolted Book as a centerpiece of its acclaimed 2014 inaugural exhibition, devoted to Fortunato Depero.
Before artists like Andy Warhol blurred the lines between commercial and fine art, before there were zines that questioned the concept of the printed page, Fortunato Depero (Trento, Italy, 1892–1960) created The Bolted Book. A painter, sculptor, and graphic artist, who also produced textiles, furnishings, exposition pavilions, theater props, sets for dance, and children’s toys, Depero by 1913 had embraced the modernist movement Futurism, which was marked by a love of the new century’s machine-driven technology and “dynamic” motion (represented by cars, trains, and airplanes), coupled with a forceful rejection of past traditions and institutions. With painter Giacomo Balla, in 1915 Depero authored the manifesto “Futurist Reconstruction of the Universe”—whose aim was to re-envision, and re-design, every aspect of the world to make it more exhilarating, to fuse life with art. Depero Futurista, or The Bolted Book, summed up Depero’s attempt, over the next decade and a half, to do exactly that, challenging the very structure of the book at the same time. 

The Bolted Book Facsimile will be an exact copy of the original Depero Futurista, including its unusual binding using bolts and wide variety of highly tactile paper stocks. Accompanying the Facsimile will be a softcover Reader’s Guide featuring English translations of key elements of the book; essays by Depero scholars and curators that examine the book’s design legacy; a selection of previously unpublished photographs, drawings, and correspondence from the Depero archives at the Mart, Museum of modern and contemporary art of Trento and Rovereto; and a special acknowledgments page with the names of the Kickstarter supporters.

The Bolted Book

Herausgeber: Designers & Books
Verlag: Designers & Books
Gestaltung: Fortunato Depero
Veröffentlichung: 2017
Umfang: 240 Seiten, Bindung bestehend aus zwei Aluminiumschrauben
Format: 32 x 24,2 cm
Preis: $ 130,- / ≈ € 122,-

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