I was recently told that when Mussolini came to visit the Academy for open studios -- yes, the same open studios we held here a couple of weeks ago -- he made his way up to the second floor studio over the main entrance, where the flags of Italy and the United State fly when the Academy is open for big events -- and spoke to the crowd of staff and fellows. That's my studio. At the window I have been joyfully looking out of, where I have been reading and writing about Mussolini and fascism, and where I now have a Futurist abstract bust of Il Duce -- that's where Mussolini stood.
I understand there is a film of his visit, which I need to locate. I am intrigued and disturbed by this revelation.