A Rush of Steel and Beauty


REVVED UP: 1930s paintings like this one by Ivanhoe Gambini embraced power

Velocity is hardly a term called to mind by today's Italy, hobbled as it is by a stagnant economy, failing infrastructure and nonfunctioning government. So perhaps it makes sense that Rome's city council, eager to point out that stasis is not Italy's natural condition, is sponsoring an exhibition that showcases the fastest of the country's past glories. "The Legend of Speed: Art, Motorization and Society in 20th Century Italy" at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni takes visitors on a journey through a century of Italian art, design, fashion, cinema and technology to remind them of what global pacesetters Italians have been. Stretched...

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