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Transcript of FUTURISM
It started as reaction to the current art world of 20th century Italy,
FUTURISM was a movement founded in
The movement hit its peak in 1913 and decline rapidly after about 1915-1917 due to the Russian Revolution.
Created in part due to its authors’ resentments about
In the process of writing the manifesto, Marinetti freely admits influences from Walt Whitman’s
.".Its philosophy was visually represented by an intense dislike of “muddy color” such as grey or brown, horizontal and vertical line, cube, pyramid, static shapes and silence as well as what is perceived as “soft, refined and flowery”.
Futurism, at its core, was a rally cry for “the new religion of speed”, as shown through the new inventions of automobiles and airplanes, visually expressed through the “color of speed” of red, green and yellow, spiral shape, oblique line and acute angles, movement, dynamic and emotions, images of machinery and the industrial, theme of violence, youth, unity of time and place.
, and .
reacting to what it perceived as “artistic stagnation” and as Marinetti said it:
"We want to demolish museums and libraries, fight morality, feminism and all opportunist and utilitarian cowardice."
“the religion of the old”
the contemporary economic policy of
of the government
Futurism was known as a volatile mix of
nationalism, revolutionary militarism and
‘Song of Myself’
Friedrich Nietzsche ‘s
‘Beyond Good and Evil’
and Emile Zola’s
Filippo Tommaso Marinetti
along with 6 other Italian artists/activists:
“The Communist Manifesto” in 1848, they created the eponymous “The Futurist Manifesto”, published in the French newspaper Le Figaro on 20th February 1909.
Taking inspiration from
Futurism, as a movement and philosophy, was enormously influential in forming many of its contemporary artists works.
Within its inner circle
many notable works were
produced such as
The Funeral of
the Anarchist Galli(1911)
by Carlo Carra
Abstract Speed + Sound (1913–1914) by Giacomo Balla
Unique Forms of Continuity in Space (1913)
by Umberto Boccioni.
Russian-Futurism was another powerful literary and artistic offshoot of the movement with works such as
Cyclist (1913) by Natalia Goncharova
Other notable achievements
La Città Nuova (The New City) (1912–1914) by Antonio Sant'Elia (architecture)
The Art of Noises (1913) by
Luigi Russolo (music).
The Knife Grinder (Principle of Glittering), 1912–13 by Kazimir Severonic Malevich (Russian, 1878–1935)
Although futurism has sensationalist aspects and extremists ideas like abolishing museums and opposition of feminism, we can still acknowledge its contribution as a pioneer in art movements, especially modern arts.
In a short time, Futurism had become a recognized art history landmark, forever changing the way we perceive art.
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