FUTURISM – WILLPosted: May 17, 2011
Futurism was an artistic and social movement, which originated in Italy in the early 20th century.
There were also movements in other countries around the world including Russia where the movement was greatly recognised. Futurist artists practiced in every medium of art from painting to sculpture to graphic design and film. Italian Filipo Tomaso Marinetti (1876 -1944) a fascist poet and spokesman is said to be the most influential personality in futurism, Marinetti was later joined by painters including Umberto Boccioni and Carlo Carrà. Futurism admired technology and everything it brought with it, industrialisation, science and war along with youth and patriotism, these were the underlining themes seen in the works by futurists who dismissed history and desired for new and originality.
Futurism became part of architecture inspired by the drawings by architect Antonio Sant’Elia incorporating the structure of buildings into the visible design resulting in blocky buildings and sharp straight lines.
Now regarded as extinct the movement is no longer in action though lives on through the movements and styles it influenced such as art deco, vorticsm, surrealism and dada. The ideals of futurism remain significant components of modern western culture.