Friday, December 24, 2010


Futurism, the avantgarde artistic and social movement, was established in Italy in the early twentieth century. The idea of futurism was "looking into the future", rejecting the past and tradition. Futurism in it's manifesto suggested a spontaneous annihilation of the academy, libraries and museums, guilty in it's view of the maintenance and perpetuation of an outdated culture, and therefore harmful and dangerous. Futurists took possession of the full realm of aesthetics. They believed in the prophetic role of the artist, whom they regarded as the true spiritual guide and the demiurge of a new society.