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Blood, speed and violence.

Futurism, Modernism
Futurist Manifesto (Print), Filippo Tommaso Marinetti

Futurist Manifesto (Print) Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, 1909

Glass, Mikhail Larionov

Glass Mikhail Larionov, 1909

Riot in the Galleria, Umberto Boccioni

Riot in the Galleria Umberto Boccioni, 1909

Literature has exalted pensive immobility, ecstasy, and sleep. We exalt aggressive action, a feverish insomnia...The world’s magnificence has been enriched by a new beauty: the beauty of speed.

The Futurist Manifesto Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, 1909

We will declare war on all artists and institutions which insist a façade of false modernity...they are ensnared by tradition, academicism and nauseating cerebral laziness.

Manifesto of the Futurist Painters Umberto Boccioni, 1910

Red Road, Mikhail Larionov

Red Road Mikhail Larionov, 1910

The motor bus rushes into the houses, and the houses throw themselves on the motor bus. The construction of pictures has hitherto been foolishly traditional.

Technical Manifesto of Futurist Painting Umberto Boccioni, 1910

Development of a Bottle in Space, Umberto Boccioni

Development of a Bottle in Space Umberto Boccioni, 1911

States of Mind I: The Farewells, Umberto Boccioni

States of Mind I: The Farewells Umberto Boccioni, 1911

States of Mind II: Those Who Go, Umberto Boccioni

States of Mind II: Those Who Go Umberto Boccioni, 1911

States of Mind III: Those Who Stay, Umberto Boccioni

States of Mind III: Those Who Stay Umberto Boccioni, 1911

Sketch for States of Mind: The Farewells, Umberto Boccioni

Sketch for States of Mind: The Farewells Umberto Boccioni, 1911

Sketch for States of Mind: Those Who Go, Umberto Boccioni

Sketch for States of Mind: Those Who Go Umberto Boccioni, 1911

Sketch for States of Mind: Those Who Stay, Umberto Boccioni

Sketch for States of Mind: Those Who Stay Umberto Boccioni, 1911

Street Light, Giacomo Balla

Street Light Giacomo Balla, 1909 – 1911

The Funeral of the Anarchist Galli, Carlo Carrà

The Funeral of the Anarchist Galli Carlo Carrà, 1910 – 1911

The Laugh, Umberto Boccioni

The Laugh Umberto Boccioni, 1911

The Riot, Umberto Boccioni

The Riot Umberto Boccioni, 1911

Blue Dancer, Gino Severini

Blue Dancer Gino Severini, 1912

Dynamic Hieroglyphic of the Bal Tabarin, Gino Severini

Dynamic Hieroglyphic of the Bal Tabarin Gino Severini, 1912

Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash, Giacomo Balla

Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash Giacomo Balla, 1912

Horizontal Volumes, Umberto Boccioni

Horizontal Volumes Umberto Boccioni, 1912

Materia, Umberto Boccioni

Materia Umberto Boccioni, 1912

Simultaneous Visions, Umberto Boccioni

Simultaneous Visions Umberto Boccioni, 1912

Solidity of Fog, Luigi Russolo

Solidity of Fog Luigi Russolo, 1912

Speeding Automobile, Giacomo Balla

Speeding Automobile Giacomo Balla, 1912

How can generations of sculptors can continue to construct dummies without asking why the exhibition halls of sculpture have become reservoirs of boredom and nausea?

Technical Manifesto of Futurist Sculpture Umberto Boccioni, 1912

Antigraceful, Umberto Boccioni

Antigraceful Umberto Boccioni, 1913

Dynamism of a Soccer Player, Umberto Boccioni

Dynamism of a Soccer Player Umberto Boccioni, 1913

Forest, Natalia Goncharova

Forest Natalia Goncharova, 1913

Industrial Building with Corner Tower, Antonio Sant'Elia

Industrial Building with Corner Tower Antonio Sant'Elia, 1913

Luigi Russolo, Ugo Piatti and the Intonarumori, Luigi Russolo

Luigi Russolo, Ugo Piatti and the Intonarumori Luigi Russolo, 1913

Man on the Street (Analysis of Volumes), Olga Rozanova

Man on the Street (Analysis of Volumes) Olga Rozanova, 1913

Paths of Movement + Dynamic Sequences, Giacomo Balla

Paths of Movement + Dynamic Sequences Giacomo Balla, 1913

Rayonism, Blue-Green Forest, Natalia Goncharova

Rayonism, Blue-Green Forest Natalia Goncharova, 1911 – 1913

Art for life and even more—life for art!

Rayonists and Futurists: A Manifesto Natalia Goncharova, 1913

Still Life, Aleksandra Ekster

Still Life Aleksandra Ekster, 1913

Street with Lanterns, Mikhail Larionov

Street with Lanterns Mikhail Larionov, 1913

Ancient life was all silence. Today, Noise reigns supreme over the sensibility of men.

The Art of Noises Luigi Russolo, 1913

Unique Forms of Continuity in Space, Umberto Boccioni

Unique Forms of Continuity in Space Umberto Boccioni, 1913

Abstract Speed + Sound, Giacomo Balla

Abstract Speed + Sound Giacomo Balla, 1913 – 1914

Air and Train Station with Funiculars, Antonio Sant'Elia

Air and Train Station with Funiculars Antonio Sant'Elia, 1914

City On Fire, Olga Rozanova

City On Fire Olga Rozanova, 1914

Enharmonic Notation for Intonarumori, Luigi Russolo

Enharmonic Notation for Intonarumori Luigi Russolo, 1914

Interior of a Display Temple, Wenzel Hablik

Interior of a Display Temple Wenzel Hablik, 1914

Just as the ancients drew inspiration for their art from the elements of nature, we—who are materially and spiritually artificial—must find that inspiration in the elements of the utterly new mechanical world we have created.

Manifesto of Futurist Architecture Antonio Sant'Elia, 1914

Sea = Dancer, Gino Severini

Sea = Dancer Gino Severini, 1914

Sentimenal - From Dunes, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti

Sentimenal - From Dunes Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, 1914

The City, Olga Rozanova

The City Olga Rozanova, 1914

The New City, Antonio Sant'Elia

The New City Antonio Sant'Elia, 1914

Next Movement
Cubism, Modernism

Cubism

"We only wanted to express what was in us..."

1910 – 1930

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