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Remembering Filippo Marinetti:
December 22, 1876 to December 2, 1944

Prampolini’s portrait of Filippo Marinetti, 1876-1944

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Those on the Right who believe that modern art is always “decadent” need to come to grips with Italian Futurism. In commemoration of the birthday of Filippo Marinetti, the founder of Italian Futurism and one of the prophets of Fascism, I would like to draw your attention to several writings on this website.

First, there is Marinetti’s “Futurist Manifesto” of 1909.

Second, there is Kerry Bolton’s essay “Filippo Marinetti,” now in an expanded version. (Portuguese translation here.)

Third, there is Mark Dyal’s essay, “Life is Always Right: Futurism and Man in Revolt.” (Portuguese translation here.)

Fourth, there is Ted Sallis’ review essay on Mark Antliff’s Avant-Garde Fascism.

There are two excellent English language editions of Marinetti’s principal works:

1. Selected Poems and Related Prose, trans. Elizabeth R. Napier and Barbara R. Studholme (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002)

2. Critical Writings, trans. Gunther Berghaus and Doug Thompson (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006)

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