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Chambers 21st Century Dictionary

noun: a movement founded in Italy in 1909 by the poet Marinetti, concerned with expressing the motion and movement of machines in all art forms. It reflects the dynamism of modern technology.


futurist noun.

[Early 20c.]

Summary Article: Futurism from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide
Avant-garde art movement founded in 1909 that celebrated the dynamism of the modern world. It was chiefly an Italian movement and was mainly expressed in painting, but it also embraced other arts, including literature and music, and it had extensive influence outside Italy, particularly in Russia. In Italy the movement virtually died out during World War I, but in Russia it continued to flourish into the 1920s. Futurism was founded by the Italian writer Filippo Tommaso Marinetti when he published a manifesto attacking established cultural values in the Parisian newspaper Le Figaro on 20 February 1909. Marinetti came from a wealthy family, so he had the financial means to stage effective publicity. He also had a flamboyant temperament, which gained attention for Futurism everywhere he went. Like many Italians of the time, he thought that his country and his country's art had become stagnant, and he called for a new art glorifying modern technology, machines,...    Continue Reading

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