The show celebrates the 100th year since the publication of the Futurist Manifesto of Filippo Tommaso Marinetti which launched Futurism as an art movement. In the manifesto Marinetti expressed a passionate loathing of everything old, especially political and artistic tradition. "We want no part of it, the past", he wrote, "we the young and strong Futurists!" The Futurists admired speed, technology, youth and violence, the car, the airplane and the industrial city, all that represented the technological triumph of humanity over nature, and they were passionate nationalists. The Futurists practiced in every medium of art, including painting, sculpture, design, and literature.
Although not in the Rome exhibition, I have often admired this sculture and painting at MoMA by Futurist artist Umberto Boccioni.
The closing words of Marinetti's manifesto are:
Standing upright on the peak of the world
we once more hurl our challenge at the stars.