The Manhole “Futurballa” by Laura Biagiotti at Christie’s Auction House

Milan – Laura Biagotti’s piece of art the manhole “Futurballa”, will be sold at auction on April 21st 2016 with other manholes made by important Italian fashion designers for the project “ART Manholes 2015”. The 24 manholes will be auctioned at Christie’s and the whole amount of earnings will be devolved to the No Profit Oxfam Italia Association.

Laura Biagiotti has created the manhole “Futurballa” and a collection of accessorizes where there are reproduced details of the masterpiece “Sunpad for the beach” of 1930 by Giacomo Balla, which has been positioned in Sant’Andrea street no.24 on February 28th 2015 for one year.

Laura Biagiotti created various fashion collections inspired to the futurist master Giacomo Balla and designed a limited edition of “FUTURBALLA BAG”, which reproduces the same image on the manhole.
FUTURBALLA BAG will be on sale only online on the following website:

“The union between art and Biagiotti style continues to write its own story and relating to this, I thought about colorful futuristic fishes “darting” along Milan’s streets!” Laura Biagiotti.

Giacomo Balla’s piece of art “Sunpad for the beach” of 1930 is part of a prestigious collection owned by the fashion designer Laura Biagiotti which in 1996 with her family, in memory of her husband Gianni Cigna who prematurely passed away, gave life to the Foundation Biagiotti Cigna. The collection was born from the strong passion for art, reuniting more than 200 operas of the artist, where one of the focal points is the result of Balla’s studies for fashion representing the most important existing example of applied futuristic art.
The whole collection has been presented in 1996 in Moscow at the Puskin Museum and in 1998 in Rome at the Cloister of Bramante. The arazzo named “FUTURISTIC GENIUS” has been exposed at the ‘Ara Pacis’ in Rome in 2009 and in the Italian pavilion of EXPO Milan 2015.

Art has always been an inspiration for Laura Biagiotti; she is the first fashion designer to bring cities as Rome and Venice in the fashion world. To her native city she dedicated the most popular Biagiotti’s perfume “Roma” which recalls the eternal city’s art both in its essence and in its roman column shaped bottle.
In 1998 Laura Biagiotti with the contribution of her perfumes returned ancient glory to the Campidoglio’s stairs (heart of Rome) and to the Grand Curtains of the Fenice Theatre in Venice, destroyed by a fire in 2007. She also restored the fountains in Piazza Farnese in Rome. In 2015 she launched the ART-APP Laura Biagiotti ROMA