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Marinetti, Filippo Tommaso (1876–1944) By Versari, Maria Elena

DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM1000-1
Published: 09/05/2016
Retrieved: 17 March 2018, from


Filippo Tommaso Marinetti was founder and leader of Futurism, the first intellectual and artistic movement that explicitly defined the codes of avant-garde practice in the twentieth century. His work extended across a multiplicity of fields: journalism, poetry, literature, theater, visual arts, politics, but it’s probably his all-encompassing activity as a cultural leader and fosterer of innovation that made him one of the preeminent intellectuals of his time. He implemented and systematized the practice of diffusing avant-garde ideas through manifestos, performances, and happenings, capitalizing on a deliberately magnified antagonistic relation with the tastes of the public at large. His experimentations in visual/verbal relations and stage performances, which led to the creation of free-word poetry and synthetic theater, were pivotal for the development of new modernist codes in poetry and the performing arts.

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Versari, Maria Elena. "Marinetti, Filippo Tommaso (1876–1944)." The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. : Taylor and Francis, 2016. Date Accessed 17 Mar. 2018 doi:10.4324/9781135000356-REM1000-1

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