The first large-scale showing of Futurism in Britain in thirty years.
The movement set out to modernise Italian art and social attitudes and its influence spread across Europe and beyond, revolutionising the response to the dynamism of modern life. Its master of ceremonies was the poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and this exhibition celebrates the centenary of his publication of The Founding and First Manifesto of Futurism in 1909.
A core group of artists - Umberto Boccioni, Carlo Carra, Luigi Russolo, Giacomo Balla and Gino Severini - pledged its enthusiastic adherence to Futurism and abandoned the art and culture from the past. The Futurists embraced a celebration of modern technology, speed, and city life and they often painted urban and industrial scenes. The fascination and experience of cars, trams and airplanes is frequently represented in their subject matter together with the use of bold and strident colours on the canvas.
Bringing together works from the groundbreaking Futurist exhibition of 1912 that began at the Galerie Bernheim in Paris and traveled to the Sackville Gallery in London and onwards across Europe, this exhibition reveals the original impact of that show. The effect of Futurism on the Parisian avant-gardes was profound, and this show examines the nature of that exchange as Cubism and Futurism became inextricably linked. It also shows the impact of the movement in Britain and Russia as it found a response in Vorticism and Russian Futurism.
Artists include Umberto Boccioni, Gino Severini, Carlo Carra, Luigi Russolo, Giacomo Balla, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Sonia Delaunay, Robert Delaunay, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Natalya Goncharova, Liubov Popova, David Bomberg, Wyndham Lewis, C.R.W. Nevinson and Jacob Epstein.