ZANG TUMB TUUM… 100 works of Futurism


In large black letters on a red background, the catalog from 1913 announces the exhibition in Rome as the first exhibition of futurist painting. However, the manifesto of the futurist painters was produced earlier, in 1910 to be precise, one year after the foundation manifesto, “Fondazione e manifesto del Futurismo” (1909), by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti. In this “Manifesto dei pittori futuristi”, Umberto Boccioni, Giacomo Balla, Luigi Russolo, Carlo Carrà and Gino Severini documented the fundamentals of futurist painting. They demanded new topics in the world of art, such as speed, progress and technology, that should reflect modern life. The intention of the futurists, to modernise the world of art, was clearly emphasised. However, there was absolutely no information on how to put the ideas into practice. This made a second manifesto, which followed shortly afterwards, inevitable (“La pittura futurista - Manifesto tecnico”). In the same year, the first paintings by the futurists Boccioni, Carrà, Russolo and Aroldo Bonzagni were shown in an exhibition of the Famiglia Artistica in Milan. But hardly any of the revolutionary ideas in the manifestos were to be found in these works. It was characteristic of the futurist painters that their theoretical ideas were distributed widely by means of manifestos, while the actual works of art were produced much later. The following examples from the areas of paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture and architecture show that the futurists not only put their demands of modernity, simultaneity and vitality into practice, but also transferred them to numerous other areas.

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