Futurist Manifesto of Desire


French dancer, writer, and painter Anne-Jeanne-Valentine-Marianne Desglans de Cessiat-Vercell (better known under the pseudonym Valentine de Saint-Point, 1875‒1953) wrote her Manifesto della Donna futurista (Manifesto of the Futurist woman) in 1912. In this second manifesto, published the next year, the author expands on her vision of femininity, and writes of desire as beyond moral concepts and as an essential element of the dynamism of life. It is from a collection of Futurist documents held by the University Library of Padua. Futurism was a short-lived artistic movement, founded in 1909 by the Italian writer Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (1876‒1944). The goal of the Futurists was to discard the art of the past and to usher in a new age that rejected tradition and celebrated change, originality, and innovation in culture and society. The original Futurist manifesto of 1909, written by Marinetti, exalted the beauty of the machine and the new technology of the automobile, with its speed, power, and movement. The Futurists glorified violence and conflict and called for the destruction of cultural institutions such as museums and libraries. Marinetti also founded and edited a journal, Poesia (Poetry). Marinetti’s original manifesto was followed by Futurist manifestoes on sculpture, painting, literature, architecture, and other fields written by other members of the movement. Prominent Futurists included painter and sculptor Umberto Boccioni (1882‒1916); painters Carlo Carrà (1881‒1966), Giacomo Balla (1871‒1958), and Gino Severini (1883‒1966); painter and composer Luigi Russolo (1885‒1947); and architect Antonio Sant’Elia (1888‒1916). Several of the Futurists, notably Boccioni and Sant’Elia, were killed during World War I.

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Governing Group of the Futurist Movement, Milan, Italy


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Manifesto futurista della Lussuria


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4 pages


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  2. John James White, “Futurism,” in Encyclopaedia Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/art/Futurism#ref1052836.
  3. “Words in Freedom: Futurism at 100.” An exhibition held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 2009. https://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2009/futurism/.

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