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Italian Painter Sante Monachesi Dead at 81

March 1, 1991

ROME (AP) _ Sante Monachesi, a sculptor and painter who started his career as a part of the Italian futurist movement in the 1930s, has died. He was 81.

Monachesi died of a heart attack at Rome’s Gemelli Polyclinic on Thursday, the hospital announced.

He first gained notice with aluminum sculptures displayed at the Biennial Exhibition in Venice in 1934. Later, he began experimenting with new materials such as chrome and resin in both his paintings and sculptures.

Recently, he had moved into architecture. At the time of his death he was designing a colossal arts center in Mentana, Italy.

Futurism was an early 20th-century avant-garde art movement that was inspired an Italian poet’s 1909 call for liberation from the past and a new era of glorification of the machine age.

Funeral services were scheduled for Saturday.

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