To coincide with the annual Contemporary Art Day in Italy (Giornata del Contemporaneo), the GNAM in Rome will present a site specific installation by Pietro Ruffo. Situated in the Futurism and War Room, the work is a life-size version of a famous World War I fighter plane, the SPAD SVII. Ruffo's sculpture, SPAD SVII, is his interpretation of the highly successful, notoriously difficult to pilot, single-seat biplane fighter aircraft, produced by the French Societe Pour l'Aviation et ses Derives, and famous in WWI for its speed, climb rate, and superior performance. It is a wood sculpture covered in watercolour and china ink drawings that depict stylized natural landscapes, and it directly confronts and complements the other historical works present in the Futurism and War Room.

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