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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

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How the Guggenheim Evoked a Groundbreaking 1917 Futurist Performance

Video still: Futurist Performance and F. T. Marinetti, Matt Stanton Productions, Amy Khoshbin, Kris McKay © 2014 Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York
Video still: Futurist Performance and F. T. Marinetti, Matt Stanton Productions, Amy Khoshbin, Kris McKay © 2014 Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

The performances staged by the Italian Futurists were among the movement’s most significant cultural contributions. How best to convey a sense of these powerful—yet ephemeral—events? More

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Futurists on Speed

Benedetta (Benedetta Cappa Marinetti), Speeding Motorboat (Velocità di motoscafo), 1923–24
Detail: Benedetta (Benedetta Cappa Marinetti), Speeding Motorboat (Velocità di motoscafo), 1923–24. Oil on canvas, 70 x 100 cm. Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Roma Capitale © Benedetta Cappa Marinetti, used by permission of Vittoria Marinetti and Luce Marinetti’s heirs. Photo: Archivio Fotografico Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Roma Capitale © Roma Capitale

As rapid development in technology, increased movement, and access to information changed the world in the early 20th century, the Italian Futurists promoted the idolatry of speed in various artistic forms. More