In 1909, F.T. Marnetti published his first incendiary manifesto of Futurism, proclaiming, "We stand on the last promontory of the centuries!" and "There, on the Earth, the earliest dawn!" Intent on delivering Italy from "its fetid cancer of professors, archaeologists, tour guides, and antiquarians," the Futurists imagined that art, architecture, literature, and music would function like a machine, transforming the world rather than merely reflecting it. But within a decade, Futurism's utopian ambitions were being wedded to Fascist politics, an alliance that would tragically scar its reputation for decades
Published to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the launch of Marinetti's 'Futurist Manifesto', this anthology includes poems, plays, images & other manifestos from 1909 to 1944 & offers a chance to re-evaluate an artistic movement that has long been obscured by its association with fascism.