Futurism & Futurist artists
|Welcome to the modern art/contemporary art movement of Futurism. This article is written to try and help you get an idea of how the modern art/contemporary art movement of Futurism began and to outline what it was about. Futurism was just one of the modern art movements to dominate the 20th centaury. From reading these articles you will be able to see how one contemporary art movement effected another contemporary art movement. You will be able to see how certain modern art movements were particularly influential in the creation and inspiration of another contemporary art/modern art movement. We have seen De Stijl, Expressionism, Fauvism, Impressionism, minimalist, Op Art, Pop Art, Post impressionism, Surrealism, and other Abstract art movements. Now it is time to look at the modern art/contemporary art movement of Futurism. Please enjoy the article:
Umberto Boccioni, 'Elasticity ' (1912)
The modern art movement of Futurism was Italian and founded in 1909 and started
to diminish in 1918 just as World War 1 was starting. The aim of Futurism was to
object to traditional conventionalism and to wage war against the art of the 19th
Century. The 20th Centaury was a new time when people were starting to prosper,
health and hygiene was getting more sophisticated and people were living longer.
The world was changing but art wasn't. Futurism was about getting art to evolve and
become more sophisticated and deviate from the ways of the traditional artists.
The modern art movement of Futurism involved major artists such as Filippo
Marinetti, Giacomo Balla and Umberto Boccioni. These artists waged war with the art
world in one of the most vivid and confronting modern art movements to ever take
In Italy at this time the government was seen as corrupt and had ulterior motives
which didn't fit that of the people's ideals. The Futurists demanded change and
picked up on the faults of the corrupted government. The Futurists wanted reform!
A poet named Filippo Marinetti in 1909 wrote the first futurist manifesto. The manifest
was a criticism and rejection of the modern art's effort to portray artwork that
reflected what was crippling Italy, The corrupt government!
The manifesto spoke out it's genuine concern for justice and spoke about radical
change and reform.
In 1911, the futurist modern art movement gathered at their first major showing which
was held in Milan. Boccioni, Russolo and Carra collectively exhibited over 50 works
of modern art/contemporary art. This exhibition was the moulding that bonded the
futurist modern/contemporary artists together.
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