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Umberto Boccioni

L’artista che sfidò il futuro

  • Author: Gino Agnese
  • Year: 2016
  • Language: Italian
  • Pages: 400
  • Price: 29,00 €
  • ISBN: 978-88-6010-176-1
  • Size: 15,5 x 23 cm
  • Illustrations: 45 b/w and 11 colour

Champion of a violently revolutionary art, Umberto Boccioni (1882-1916), painter and sculptor, is, jointly with Marinetti, the greatest exponent of Futurism and the first in his circle to have tapped into the new sensibility ushered in with the century of the machine and technology. It is no accident that Apollinaire immediately saw in him the theoretician of the group, the one who was to distil in the celebrated “striding figure” his investigation of an almost metaphysical dynamism of Aristotelian origin.

Boccioni had a quick intellect and singular way of thinking, which ranged over every field. He had the characteristics of genius, he absorbed and processed his reading and experiences, remaking them in extraordinary inventions that fixed the principles of a new aesthetic. Although he followed in Balla’s wake during his apprenticeship in Rome, he was, however, the one to draw the maestro into the adventure that was the Futurist painters’ manifesto in 1910, to which Carrà, Severini and Russolo were signatories. They were a lively bunch with the poet Marinetti in the role of leader who missed no opportunity to launch his companions on the path to international fame, achieved in February 1912 with the first Futurist exhibition in avant-garde Paris. This was an event Boccioni had longed for more than anything and it brought all his expectations into focus. This was followed by London, Brussels and Berlin, before going back to the Italian tour of Futurist shows, where the young artist was to give further proof of his magnetic personality and keen intelligence.

These qualities also had their effect on women, some of whom were well known, such as the art critic Margherita Sarfatti, the writer Sibilla Aleramo and Princess Vittoria Colonna Caetani, his final desperate passion. But prior to them was Ines, the woman immortalized in many portraits, a continuous thread running through Boccioni’s very brief existence. He signed up as a volunteer for the Great War, and died at the age of 34 when he was thrown from his horse. He left behind a mystery regarding his legacy – revealed in these pages – and a great heritage for the future of art.

  • About the author
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Gino Agnese is the author of various essays on Futurism, including: Marinetti, una vita esplosiva (1990), the first complete biography of the poet (Premio Tevere, Premio Letterario Castiglioncello); Boccioni da vicino (2008); Marinetti-McLuhan (in Il Futurismo nelle avanguardie, 2010). He jointly curated with Vanni Scheiwiller Milano “caffeina d’Europa” (1999). He founded and edited the journal Mass Media (1982-1995) the front pages of which were collected in Ventisette artisti e una rivista (2014). He has been advisor to the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome and the Scuderie del Quirinale (1998-2008); and president of the Quadriennale di Roma (2002-2011).

1. La nuvola dell’Etna 
2. Roma, millenovecento 
3. Lo scaffale della rivoluzione 
4. Scuola di Balla 
5. Solo con Ines 
6. I “poeti giovinetti” 
7. Pane e gloria 
8. Sa fuite de Rome 
9. Parigi o cara 
10. Tre mesi in Russia 
11. Le ali della musica 
12. Calle della Fava, Venezia 
13. Un viaggio in fumo 
14. L’amico rivale 
15. Le tre donne 
16. I primitivi di una nuova sensibilità 
17. Trionfale disastro napoletano 
18. Quest’estate “la città sale” 
19. Profezia: l’estetica virtuale 
20. La vita vertiginosa 
21. Missione segreta a Montmartre 
22. Voilà la gloire 
23. Evviva le suffragette! 
24. Doktor Borchardt compra tutto 
25. Madre materia 
26. La presa di Roma 
27. Rose, rose allo scultore 
28. Sibilla e il Vate 
29. Scoppia il teatro 
30. Patria di piazze 
31. Prima linea futurista 
32. Una Vela latina, un ultimo grido 
33. Giardino di sogno sul lago Maggiore 
34. Mia principessa 
35. Un fazzoletto tricolore 
36. Addii 

 

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Il tragico sogno di Augusta

 

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