The Exploiters of Futurism
The Italian Futurist Filippo Tommaso Marinetti regarded Aldo Molinari’s 1914 movie Mondo Baldoria (Revelry world) as an illicit attempt to express the spirit of Futurism. In the article presented here, Marinetti attacked the film as an act of exploitation. He also regarded another film, Aldo Palazzeschi’s Il controdolore (The antidote to pain), as deriving inspiration from Futurism in an unauthorized way. The second page of this presentation contains a note from a Professor Sottile, referring to Futurist works that Sottile donated to a Bologna library; it is not related to the Marinetti article. Both documents are 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.
Governing Group of the Futurist Movement, Milan, Italy
Title in Original Language
Gli sfruttatori del futurismo
Type of Item
- Originally from the newspaper article: F.T. Marinetti, “Gli sfruttatori del futurismo,” Lacerba 2, number 7 (April 1, 1914): 106‒7.
- Elza Adamowicz and Simona Storchi, editors, Back to the Futurists: The avant-garde and its legacy (Manchester, U.K.: Manchester University Press, 2013).
- John James White, “Futurism,” in Encyclopaedia Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/art/Futurism#ref1052836.
- “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/.
Last updated: June 29, 2017