Futurism
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Futurism

An avant-garde movement in Italian art with close affinities to cubism and constructivism as well as to the pre-1914 expressionist currents, combining a glorification of modern life with a radical rejection of tradition. The Italian futurists celebrated the outbreak of the World War in a similarly emphatic manner as the German expressionists. Where art strove to “make a tabula rasa of the past” (Giovanni Papini), where the traditional forms and achievements of civilization came to be challenged, where the muses and libraries were to be burned, t…

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Jürgens-Kirchhoff, Annegret, “Futurism”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 27 June 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0226>
First published online: 2015



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