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  Italian Futurism tried to subvert the existing world and paint their ideal picture. The Guggenheim Museum in New York held the art exhibition “Reconstructing the Universe-Italian Futurism 1909-1944” from February to September this year, recreating the ups and downs of this art movement. This exhibition intends to show Futurism’s disintegration and reconstruction of the known world, including ideas, systems, buildings, etc. The representative of futurism, Marinetti, published the “Manifesto of Futurism” on the front page of “Le Figaro” 105 years ago, encouraging the adventurous spirit of being bold and enterprising, daring to try, and breaking the shackles.
  This wide-ranging exhibition, the largest Futurist exhibition ever held in the United States, presents the trajectory of the movement, from its origins to the death of its founder, Filippo Tomazzo Marinetti, from From the early manifestos of Futurism to the experiments in Symbolism and Cubism, right up to the realistic dilemma it encountered at the end of World War II. The curators emphasized the diversity of the exhibition, providing display space in the rotunda and several auxiliary pavilions. The exhibition covers painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, poetry, advertisement, film and even performance, with about 400 works exhibited. Among them are works by well-known Futurists such as Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni, Carlo Carra, Fortunato Depero and Gino Severini. The layout of the exhibition area of ​​the Guggenheim Museum has a futuristic style. There are exhibits at every corner of the winding staircase, which brings surprises to the viewers and can also guide the viewers to understand the historical process of futurism. However, this design may Not suitable for viewing works of art.
  Marinetti’s wife, Benedetta Capa’s “Comprehensive Communications” series is also on view for the first time in the United States. The “Comprehensive Communication” series includes five single works, which can be said to represent the culmination of futurist artistic achievements. Benedetta uses arc-shaped composition to depict the communication technology of radio, telegraph and telephone from the aerial perspective, showing the interconnection of human beings in the air. The five frescoes have hung in the Central Post Office in Palermo, Sicily, since the 1930s. In the last 70 years of the 20th century, this work did not attract much attention until people saw the picture of the 20th century it heralded. Although Futurism demeaned women, Benedetta was one of several members elected by the Futurist Committee.
  One of the creeds of Marinetti Futurism is to praise war as the only means of cleaning the world, praise militarism, patriotism, anarchist destruction, praise beautiful ideals to die for, and praise all words and deeds that despise women . He is an enthusiastic supporter of “World War I”, and believes that the sound of the Tom Gun is the sound of the times, and injuries are inevitable, only to shape a new world. He had also met Mussolini, who was very attached to Futurism. This exhibition attaches great importance to the display of futurism-related promotional documents. The precious collections provided by futurists are displayed in the glass windows of the rotunda, accompanied by vivid and avant-garde picture descriptions. Marinetti’s radical Futurist Manifesto is prominently displayed on the wall as soon as the viewer steps into the rotunda, and his provocative creed is also reflected in the exhibits.
  Futurist artists attempted to show the destruction of the world by humans in the 20th century. The exhibition seeks to restore Futurism’s reputation, showing that the artistic movement’s heyday did not depend on representations of sound and color, but instead injected new content within old frameworks. Such as Severini’s cubist work “Blue Dancer”, the use of color is amazing. When the viewer enters the first exhibition hall, Boccioni’s sculptures will be in sight. Balla’s purely futuristic work “Street Lights” depicts street lamps on a moonlit street, showing that the future can be mastered.
  Looking back at the history of this art movement today may not be able to restore the influence at that time. Futurism favors technology and eschews the past, but embraces traditional artistic models. Futurists stand at the forefront of technological innovation, dare to explore the unknown, boldly move forward, and their fearlessness dwarfs ours. They are willing to be the spark that can start a prairie fire.

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