COLLECTION / 1900-1945 / Europe and Unites States of America / Futurism

65 works of art and documents.

In 1909, the Italian ideologue, poet and editor Filippo Tomasso Marinetti published the founding Manifesto of Futurism in the Parisian newspaper Le Figaro. Thus began an art movement that called for a radical rupture with the past: it championed progress and the modern world, glorified war, demonstrated a commitment to force, dynamism, machines and speed, as well as technology and its latest creations. The words of its founder, Marinetti, who defined a racing car as something ‘more beautiful than the Winged Victory of Samothrace’, demonstrated to a large extent what Italian Futurism was to represent.

The contribution of Futurism to contemporary art was fundamental for over 30 years, and its proposals have left their mark on the present day. Futurism was the first movement to call for typography to be reinvented based on a theoretical approach—as it did with many other subjects—by introducing the practice of the manifesto, which it used to declare what was subsequently to be done.

Archivo Lafuente brings together almost 65 Futurist works and documents, from the movement’s most representative manifestos to various examples of works and correspondence, including books, magazines, catalogues, posters, pamphlets and printed matter. The works and documents that comprise the collection are divided into two sections: on the one hand, those that defined the movement and, on the other, the group of artists that were involved in it, with a particular emphasis on the two most well-known figures of Futurism on the international stage: Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and Fortunato Depero.


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