Let's Murder The Moonshine

Futurism from 1909-1939
Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash
Giacomo Balla 1912

"The past is necessarily inferior to the future. That is how we wish it to be. How could we acknowledge any merit in our most dangerous enemy: the past, gloomy prevaricator, execrable tutor?"
-We Abjure Our Symbolist Masters…

Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash

Giacomo Balla 1912

"The past is necessarily inferior to the future. That is how we wish it to be. How could we acknowledge any merit in our most dangerous enemy: the past, gloomy prevaricator, execrable tutor?"

-We Abjure Our Symbolist Masters…

The Tube Train
Cyril E. Power 1934

The Tube Train

Cyril E. Power 1934

Cyclist
David Burliuk 1916
"On I’ll pass, dragging my huge love behind me. On what feverish night, deliria-ridden, by what Goliaths was I begot – I, so big and by no one needed?”
-To His Own Beloved Self, The Author Dedicates These Lines

Cyclist

David Burliuk 1916

"On I’ll pass,
dragging my huge love behind me.
On what
feverish night, deliria-ridden,
by what Goliaths was I begot –
I, so big
and by no one needed?”

-To His Own Beloved Self, The Author Dedicates These Lines

Dynamism of a Dancer
Gino Severini 1912
"What can you find in an old picture except the painful contortions of the artist trying to break uncrossable barriers which obstruct the full expression of his dream?" 
-The Futurist Manifesto

Dynamism of a Dancer

Gino Severini 1912

"What can you find in an old picture except the painful contortions of the artist trying to break uncrossable barriers which obstruct the full expression of his dream?"

-The Futurist Manifesto

The Smoker, The Match, The Cigarette
Anton Giulio Bragaglia 1911

The Smoker, The Match, The Cigarette

Anton Giulio Bragaglia 1911

Tower Bridge
Luigi Russolo 1910

Tower Bridge

Luigi Russolo 1910

The Fireflies

By Paolo Buzzi 1913

They flutter through the streets as evening falls,
darting from square to square
on their mysterious errands,
quick and quiet, each one a point of light
the women of Copenhagen
on their bicycles

What a fantastic show
of shooting-stars:
deep shadow, sudden gleam
in the dense foliage of a park,
fireflies they seem.
giving off an aura as of wood-nymphs.

They sparkle past,
heels flashing, ballet-dancers.
Try to catch one,
she will flit away, and leave a gleaming trail
just like a firefly.
followed by others, coming and going.

Night, and this city of stone becomes an arena
for fireworks,
a city of trees turned into a great, burning bush
made up of frenzied fireflies.
Earth and sky seem covered over with them
in a see-saw game of constellations.

Babies, little girls and sweethearts,
virgins, viragoes, spouses, mothers and nannies,
princesses and peasant-lasses, clerks and suffragettes,
who knows where their wheels are taking them, and their dreams?
Ah, universe, I think, they may be comets
that touched the street for one
bright instant with a flick of the tail.

The Knife Grinder
Kazmir Malevich 1913

The Knife Grinder

Kazmir Malevich 1913

The Drinker
Umberto Boccioni 1914

The Drinker

Umberto Boccioni 1914

Overture

     Pineapples in champagne! Pineapples in champagne!
     Deliriously tasty, sparkling and bright!
     Im in something from Norway! Im in something from Spain!
     Im inspired in bursts and I sit down to write.

     Planes are screeching above me! Automobiles are running!
     Express trains whistling by and the yachts taking flight!
     Someones kissed over here! Someone elsewhere is beaten!
     Pineapples in champagne - the pulse of the night!

     Among nervous girls and in company of women
     Tragedy I am turning to dream and to farce.
     Pineapples in champagne! Pineapples in champagne!
     Moscow to Nagasaki! New York to Mars!

Igor Severyanin
Materia aka Portrait of the Artist’s Mother
Umberto Boccioni 1912

Materia aka Portrait of the Artist’s Mother

Umberto Boccioni 1912

Today I Will Go Once Again

Today I will go once again
Into life, into haggling, into market,
And lead the army of my songs
To duel against the market tide.

Velimir Khlebnikov
The Engineer’s Mistress
Carlo Carrà 1921

The Engineer’s Mistress

Carlo Carrà 1921

The Hand of the Violinist
Giacomo Balla 1912

The Hand of the Violinist

Giacomo Balla 1912

Pillars of Salt
Natalia Goncharova, 1908

Pillars of Salt

Natalia Goncharova, 1908