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Futurism

Blood, speed and violence.

Futurist Manifesto (Print), Filippo Tommaso Marinetti

Futurist Manifesto (Print)

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, 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

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

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
The New City — House Staircasing, Antonio Sant'Elia

The New City — House Staircasing

Antonio Sant'Elia, 1914
The New City — House Stairs with External Lifts, Antonio Sant'Elia

The New City — House Stairs with External Lifts

Antonio Sant'Elia, 1914
The Power Plant, Antonio Sant'Elia

The Power Plant

Antonio Sant'Elia, 1914
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Cubism, Modernism

Cubism

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

1910-1930

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