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.

Readers Comments

  1. Is Marinetti out of print only in the UK? There's a surprising amount of his work in print in the US - the Yale edition of his poetry & prose is particularly good, as they even remade his parole in libertà in facing-page English translation.

    Calling Marinetti the Futurist "Il Duce" maybe hits too close to home; while the pre-WWI Futurist material is useful, it's really hard to argue for much of Marinetti's later work, after he'd thrown in his lot with Mussolini. (Or, for that matter, a lot of the later Futurist painting - there was a fantastic retrospecive of Futurism in Rome around 2000 which bogged down at the end with room after room of aeropittura.

    It is, however, a shame that Marinetti's Futurist Cookbook is out of print in English - it's tremendously entertaining if mostly inedible.

  2. Cheers Dan

    Yes, have the Yale edition (and it's beautiful) and have just spotted the Critical Writings which came out in paperback at the beginning of the year. But there are a number of novels including Mafarka the Futurist and the Untameables. Does anyone know if the deliciously titled Let's Murder the Moonshine is a collection of Futurist writings or something more?

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