Thursday, March 6, 2014
Italian Futurism: The Undead Art Movement?
When people say that an art movement or
school “died out,” they usually don’t mean it literally. In the case of the Italian Futurists, however, you can specify the day the movement “died”—August 17, 1916, the day that artist Umberto Boccioni
succumbed to injuries at the age of 33 after falling from a horse and
getting trampled during Italian Army cavalry training for World War I.
Boccioni exemplified the best parts of an art movement that celebrated
modern technology aesthetically. His death registers today as another
senseless death among millions during the “Great War.” In a different
sense, however, Italian Futurism “lived on” for another three decades
and one more world war in the person of Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, the movement’s chief manifesto maker and warmonger. The Guggenheim Museum’s new exhibition Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe,
which runs through September 1, 2014, resurrects the good, the bad, and
the ugly truths of an art movement that died in the culture and wars of
the past yet still lives on, zombie-like, in our modern ones. How did
Italian Futurism become the undead art movement? Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "Italian Futurism: The Undead Art Movement?"