Hurrah! Following on from Wyndham Lewis at the National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern is having a major exhibition of Futurist work next year. (Why is it so good to be an artist with right wing leanings right now?) And not only are Tate Publishing planning a catalogue, they will also be a producing a new edition of Umbro Apollonio’s Futurist Manifestos. The exhibition is in the summer, but the 100th anniversary of the publication of Marinetti’s Futurist Manifesto is actually in January 09.
All together: "Up to now literature has exalted a pensive immobility, ecstasy, and sleep. We intend to exalt aggresive action, a feverish insomnia, the racer’s stride, the mortal leap, the punch and the slap."
The re-publication is great news but it doesn’t address yet another out of print crime: almost all of FT Marinetti’s work (the Futurist il Duce) is currently unavailable.