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International Yearbook of Futurism Studies...

Multi-volumed work

International Yearbook of Futurism Studies

Ed. by Berghaus, Günter

e-ISSN 2192-029X

Volume 7


Ed. by Aguirre, Mariana / Sarabia, Rosa / Silverman, Renée M. / Vasconcelos, Ricardo

In coop. with Berghaus, Günter / Lee, Sze Wah

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April 2017
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Futurist Confrontations and Other Modes of Registering Modernity: Buenos Aires, 1924–1926

Montgomery, Harper


Two events brought Futurism to the forefront in Buenos Aires between 1924 and 1926: the riotous opening of Emilio Pettoruti’s exhibition of Cubo-Futurist paintings in Buenos Aires, and F. T. Marinetti’s visit to Buenos Aires, a three-week stopover in his Latin American tour of poetry recitations and lectures. Demonstrating both Futurism’s great attraction and extreme limitations for visual artists in Latin America, these events made Argentine critics and artists reassess Futurism’s relevance and explore alternative models for local avant-garde art. Not only was Futurism rejected, along with other well-known ‘-isms’, but Argentine artists also developed highly esoteric, subjective forms of artistic expression that were presented to the public as implicit rebukes to Futurism, largely perceived in the region as a boisterous movement that championed technophile iterations of visual art and poetry. When the works of Xul Solar and Norah Borges were featured in an exhibition organized purportedly to honour Marinetti, the limitations in the uses of Futurism for Argentine, and even Latin American, artists became clear.

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Harper Montgomery (2017). Futurist Confrontations and Other Modes of Registering Modernity: Buenos Aires, 1924–1926. In Mariana Aguirre, Rosa Sarabia, Renée M. Silverman, Ricardo Vasconcelos (Eds.), 2017 (pp. 60–85). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110527834-005

Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110527834

Online ISBN: 9783110527834

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