Rome jazz club murals by Giacomo Balla rediscovered after a century.
Murals painted by leading Italian Futurist artist Giacomo Balla (1871-1958) have been rediscovered in a Rome building owned by the Bank of Italy which is renovating the property.
The boldly-painted murals, which cover about 80 sqm of walls and ceiling, once decorated the Bal Tic Tac, a popular jazz and cabaret club in the 1920s.
Balla's murals, long believed lost, survived under wallpaper and wooden panels at the former club, located on the corner of Via Milano and Via Nazionale in central Rome.
The building's owners have engaged specialists to uncover Balla's artwork which will be visible to the public as part of the Bank of Italy's new museum, scheduled to open in 2021.
Separately, an exhibition of 30 Balla paintings is set to go on display at Rome's Museo Carlo Bilotti on 29 November.
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