F is for Futurism

| February 18, 2014

Futurism is the radical Italian art movement that started directly before WWI, starting in 1909 with a poem published by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti in the Parisian newspaper Le Figaro. This poem was the Futurist Manifesto, rejecting the oppressive old culture and striving for a progression of embracing new technology in Italy. The manifesto famously declares We declare … a new beauty, the beauty of speed. A racing motor car … is more beautiful than the Victory of Samothrace’. They are most fixated on the ideas of dynamism, energy and movement. The seminal work for me is Boccioni’s Unique Forms of Continuity in Space, a sculpture of a leaping man.