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Title: Note sul futurismo italiano e sul cubofututrismo russo
Authors: Magarotto, Luigi
Issue Date: 1999
Publisher: Padova, Editoriale Programma
Abstract: The origin of the italian futurist group is structured according to a typology which, later on, will be followed by all the avanguard groups, particulary by dadaism and surrealism. On the contrary, the origin of the Russian cubo-futurism, or Budetljanstvo, does not follow the above-mentioned typology, but assert itself gradually. Exaltation of the machine is tipical from the programmes and artistic praxis of the Italian and Russian futurist groups, so that they appear to be the result of the famous equation futurism=machine fetishism. As a matter of fact, we should relate these 'outward' aspects of futurism to a deeper spiritual attitude in the context, first of all, oh romantic cultur and poetry and, secondly, in the mystique of the superman. Although the statements in the Italian and Russian futurist groups' declarations are very similar, there is an element which differentiates the two movements, i.e. violence. The fascination of violence that we find in many declarations of the Italian futurists was inspired by Georges Sorel's work Réflexions sur la violence. After its publication in France, Sorel's work was immediately translated into Russian in Moscow, but it exerted no influence on the Russian futurists.
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