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Revolutionary Artists

Every artwork contains an idea, and sometimes ideas are dangerous. Through history artists have weaponized their work to wage war on tradition, fight dogma, and promote radical change. The artists below developed new methods of creating art and wrote manifestos to share their ideas with the world. Here we find the passionate visionaries — André Breton imitating lunatics to draft the roots of SurrealismKazimir Malevich wishing death on the academics of his time, and Liubov Popova who rejected art itself to embrace populist craftsmanship. If you're looking for a blueprint for creating change, dig in.

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A psychiatrist releases his mind and invents Surrealism

André Breton

1896-1966

Prophet of the violent, industrial future

Antonio Sant'Elia

1888-1916

A poet creates a church of speed and violence

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti

1876-1944

"Art does not need us, and it never did"

Kazimir Malevich

1878-1935

We shall remake the world

Liubov Popova

1889-1924

Machines that scream: inventing Futurist music

Luigi Russolo

1885-1947

Why can’t I stop painting my mother?

Umberto Boccioni

1882-1916

The architect of invisible cities

Wenzel Hablik

1881-1934

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