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Gallery Archive - DUCATI 2000: An Icon for the Century 22 July 2000 - 16 September 2000


In 1909 the Futurists, one of the most influential art movements in Italy, launched their Manifesto declaring “…speed, danger, conflict, and love of the machine as symbols of the new century.”

In 1914, Marinetti, a founder-member of the group, delivered a subsequent manifesto; GEOMETRIC AND MECHANICAL SPLENDOUR in which he describes the “happy precision of engine cogs and well-oiled thoughts; the struggle of energies converging in a single victorious trajectory…”

As if responding to his demands, twelve years later, in 1926, the Ducati brothers founded an electrical business in a Bologna suburb. Their breakthrough came in 1946. The ‘Cucciolo’ (‘Puppy’ in English) was no more than a 48cc four stroke engine bolted to a bicycle frame, but Italy loved it and a motorcycle dynasty was born.

By the 1950s, Ducati was building ever more ambitious bikes – first the 98cc ohc single – the ‘Marianna’ – and later race models developed by Fabio Taglioni, the father of Desmodromics.
Names like Smart and Hailwood became synonymous with spectacular speed records and championships like the 200 Miles of Imola and Isle of Man T.T. – and later World Superbike – became inextricably linked with Ducati.

Although it is by no means the full story, this exhibition spans five decades of innovative design and technology highlighting Ducati’s major achievements from the 1940s with the success of the Cucciolo, the micro-engine that marked the beginning of the Ducati era of motorcycles, to the SBK Fogarty World Championship 996 motorcycle of the 1990s.

Whereas Marinetti and the Futurists were essentially iconoclastic, Ducati delivered an icon!
Opened by Piero Guidi, Managing Director, Ducati UK.
Lecture Programme Saturday 22 July at Nixon Hall, Wynne Jones Centre, Ellison Place. Guest speakers: Pierre Terblanche, Ducati Design Director; Mick Walker, Historian, author and
consultant, and Marco Montemaggi, Ducati Museum Curator.

Exhibition organised and presented in association with Ducati Museum Bologna; the Ducati Owners Club GB and Mick Walker, author and motorcycle expert.

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