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Futurism: Anticipating Postmodernism (Paperback)

A Sociological Essay: On Avant-Garde Art And Society

P&S History > Social Science & Culture > Anthropology & Sociology

Imprint: Mimesis International
Series: Sociology
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9788869772313
Published: 1st April 2019
Casemate UK Academic



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The first Manifesto of Futurism was published in Le Figaro on February 20th, 1909. It was to become the first avant-garde movement in art – it aimed to change the function of art within society, foster Italian culture beyond its provincial domains, and last but not least, to extend language as free expression of a new and forthcoming society of technology. Art in life was the ultimate aim of Marinetti’s poetry, which then expanded well beyond Italian borders and artistic expression, becoming an attitude for new society.


The more that society was developing social constraints, the more that artistic expression would become free of canons to let imagination fluently overwhelm reality. The main topics proclaimed as crucial by Futurists are the contemporary most influential topics for social stability: politics, communication and technology as well as the major movers of social change. What can we still learn from the radical claims of avant-garde art?

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