Is Futurism’s Time Now? The Guggenheim Takes a Chance On Turbulent History

Famously inspired by a car crash, Futurism burst forth in 1909 with an uncompromising agenda. Its poetics, as decreed by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti in his manifesto, would be “courage, audacity and revolt” nurtured by “fire, hatred, and speed.” Museums had become “cemeteries,” Marinetti wrote, and should be demolished, along with libraries, to deliver Italy from the burden of its history. Along the way, Futurism delivered one of the most important multidisciplinary strands of avant-garde modern art, best remembered today for energetic and fractured paintings that grapple with new ways of seeing.

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