Futurism was an artistic and social movement that originated in Italy in the early 20th century. It was largely an Italian phenomenon, though there were parallel movements in Russia, England and elsewhere. The Futurists practiced in every medium of art, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, graphic design, industrial design, interior design, theatre, film, fashion, textiles, literature, music, architecture and even gastronomy.

The futurists admired speed, technology, youth and violence, the car, the airplane, and the industrial city, all that represented the technological triumph of humanity over nature, and they were passionate nationalists. The founder of Futurism and its most influential personality was the Italian writer Filippo Tommaso Marinetti.

These pictures was taken from Carlo de Agostini’s website, creator of a series of photos on futurism for the 12th issue of Twill fashion magazine. http://wmln.tv/51714

The Futurists embraced the exciting new world that was then upon them rather than hypocritically enjoying the modern world’s comforts while loudly denouncing the forces that made them possible. Fearing and attacking technology has become almost second nature to many people today; the Futurist manifestos show us an alternative philosophy.

Its new poetic techniques included typographic experiments and the composition of poems made up of meaningless sounds. Marinetti’s aggressive masculine cult of machinery and warfare was eventually exploited by Mussolini as part of official Fascist culture in Italy, although a distinct revolutionary socialist group which also exploited Futurism also appeared in Russia in 1912, led by the poet and play‐wright Vladimir Mayakovsky. Elsewhere in Europe, Futurism influenced the French poet Guillaume Apollinaire and the Dada movement, and provoked the emergence of Vorticism.


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