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Speed, Space, and Satire—Italian Futurism on the Blog

Detail: Carlo Carrà, Interventionist Demonstration(Manifestazione Interventista), 1914. Tempera, pen, mica powder, and paper glued on cardboard, 38.5 × 30 cm. Gianni Mattioli Collection, on long-term loan to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SIAE, Rome
Detail: Carlo Carrà, Interventionist Demonstration (Manifestazione Interventista), 1914. Tempera, pen, mica powder, and paper glued on cardboard, 38.5 × 30 cm. Gianni Mattioli Collection, on long-term loan to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SIAE, Rome

As we near the close of the Guggenheim's Italian Futurism exhibition, we revisit an array of blog posts that explored works in diverse mediums and provided a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the making of this unparalleled retrospective. Read through our Futurism series and get a chance to win a Futurism prize pack plus two admission passes to see the exhibition. More

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Futurism's Riots

Detail: Umberto Boccioni, Riot in the Galleria (Rissa in Galleria), 1910. Oil on canvas, 76 x 64 cm. Pinocoteca di Brera, Milan. Photo: Soprintendenza per i Beni Storici Artistici ed Etnoantropologici di Milano su concessione del Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo/Laboratorio fotografico
Detail: Umberto Boccioni, Riot in the Galleria (Rissa in Galleria), 1910. Oil on canvas, 76 x 64 cm. Pinocoteca di Brera, Milan. Photo: Soprintendenza per i Beni Storici Artistici ed Etnoantropologici di Milano su concessione del Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo/Laboratorio fotografico

Umberto Boccioni’s 1910 Riot in the Galleria, which joined the Guggenheim's Italian Futurism exhibition in May, epitomizes contemporary city life—a favorite theme of Futurism—using a 19th-century style of painting. More

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The Guggenheim’s Architectonic Futurisms

Detail: Angiolo Mazzoni, boiler house, control cabin, and personnel facilities at Florence’s Santa Maria Novella railway station (1927–34). Historical photograph. MART, Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Italy © Archivio Storico - istituto Luce Cinecittà. Photo: © MART, Archivio del ’900
Detail: Angiolo Mazzoni, boiler house, control cabin, and personnel facilities at Florence’s Santa Maria Novella railway station (1927–34). Historical photograph. MART, Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Italy © Archivio Storico - istituto Luce Cinecittà. Photo: © MART, Archivio del ’900

Along with Antonio Sant’Elia, known for his significant architectural drawings, the author considers the work of architect Angiolo Mazzoni, and explores the connections between the two Futurists. More

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A Complete Futurist Experience in Fortunato Depero’s Cabaret del Diavolo

Detail: Fortunato Depero, Little Black and White Devils, Dance of Devils (Diavoletti neri e bianchi, Danza di diavoli), 1922–23. Pieced wool on cotton backing, 184 × 181 cm. MART, Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Italy © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SIAE, Rome. Photo: © MART, Archivio Fotografico
Detail: Fortunato Depero, Little Black and White Devils, Dance of Devils (Diavoletti neri e bianchi, Danza di diavoli), 1922–23. Pieced wool on cotton backing, 184 × 181 cm. MART, Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Italy © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SIAE, Rome. Photo: © MART, Archivio Fotografico

Fortunato Depero’s Cabaret del Diavolo in Rome was a restaurant where the top echelons of intellectual and artistic society gathered in the 1920s. It was also a notable example of a concept celebrated by the Futurists: the "total work of art." More

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Explore Futurist Works in the Collection Online

Dynamism of a Speeding Horse + Houses
Umberto Boccioni, Dynamism of a Speeding Horse + Houses (Dinamismo di un cavallo in corsa + case), 1915. Gouache, oil, paper collage, wood, cardboard, copper, and iron, coated with tin or zinc, 112.9 × 115 cm. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice 76.2553.30 Photo: David Heald © SRGF

Looking beyond the current exhibition Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe, use the Collection Online to discover Futurist artworks from across Europe that are not on view in New York. More

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Bringing Futurism’s Intricacies to the Page

Detail: Tullio Crali, Before the Parachute Opens (Prima che si apra il paracadute), 1939. Oil on panel, 141 × 151 cm. Casa Cavazzini, Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Udine, Italy © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SIAE, Rome. Photo: Claudio Marcon, Udine, Civici Musei e Gallerie di Storia e Arte
Detail: Tullio Crali, Before the Parachute Opens (Prima che si apra il paracadute), 1939. Oil on panel, 141 × 151 cm. Casa Cavazzini, Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Udine, Italy © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SIAE, Rome. Photo: Claudio Marcon, Udine, Civici Musei e Gallerie di Storia e Arte

The 352-page catalogue that accompanies the Guggenheim’s exhibition Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe seeks to capture Futurism’s vitality—complexities, paradoxes, and all. Read and comment on this in-depth look at the Guggenheim's new publication, and get a chance to win your own copy. More