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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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Antonio Sant'EliaPortrait of Antonio Sant'Elia

Antonio Sant'Elia

Prophet of the violent, industrial future

1888-1916
Umberto BoccioniPortrait of Umberto Boccioni

Umberto Boccioni

Why can’t I stop painting my mother?

1882-1916
Liubov PopovaPortrait of Liubov Popova

Liubov Popova

We shall remake the world

1889-1924
Wenzel HablikPortrait of Wenzel Hablik

Wenzel Hablik

The architect of invisible cities

1881-1934
Kazimir MalevichPortrait of Kazimir Malevich

Kazimir Malevich

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

1878-1935
Filippo Tommaso MarinettiPortrait of Filippo Tommaso Marinetti

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti

A poet creates a church of speed and violence

1876-1944
Luigi RussoloPortrait of Luigi Russolo

Luigi Russolo

Machines that scream — inventing Futurist music

1885-1947
André BretonPortrait of André Breton

André Breton

A psychiatrist releases his mind and invents Surrealism

1896-1966

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