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Feature: Dutch museum acquires Balla work for record amount

English.news.cn   2014-01-30 07:38:42

THE HAGUE, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- The Dutch Kroller-Muller Museum in Otterlo on Wednesday announced the purchase of "Forme rumore di motocicletta" by Italian painter and composer Giacomo Balla.

The painting, which Balla produced in 1913-1914, cost a total of 2.8 million euros (3.8 million U.S. dollars) and became the most valuable acquisition in the history of the museum. The transaction was paid for by sponsors and related foundations.

The Kroller-Muller Museum stated it had become the only museum in the Netherlands to present futurism as an integral part of art history in the museum collection. Balla was one of the leading figures of the predominantly Italian movement.

"He made the painting after a ride on a motorbike, which was at the time an unprecedented sensation," a museum official said.

"The circling bands and lines in the painting evoke the spatial movements of the motorbike: the revolving tyres, the gear wheels and bike chain."

The Kroller-Muller Museum receives an estimated 307,000 visitors a year and has the second-largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world, after the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

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