"Words in Freedom: Futurism at 100" Exhibition

The Museum of Modern Art

poster for "Words in Freedom: Futurism at 100" Exhibition

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The “Manifesto of Futurism,” written by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and published on the front page of the French newspaper Le Figaro on February 20, 1909, proclaimed the burning desire of the author and his fellow Futurists to abandon the past and embrace the future. Tired of Italy’s reliance on its classical heritage and disdainful of the present, these artists called for a new aesthetic language based on industry, war, and the machine. In addition to their prolific output of drawings, photographs, films, performances, and paintings and sculptures (examples of which are on view in the fifth-floor Painting and Sculpture galleries), the Futurists (1909–1944) published countless manifestos, leaflets, and art and poetry periodicals. The exhibition is organized by Laura Beiles, Associate Educator, Department of Education.

[Image: F. T. Marinetti "Poesia 3–6, Il Futurismo [Futurism] (April–July 1909) journal cover]


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