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International Yearbook of Futurism Studies...

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International Yearbook of Futurism Studies

Ed. by Berghaus, Günter

e-ISSN 2192-029X

Volume 8


Ed. by Berghaus, Günter / Pietropaolo, Domenico / Sica, Beatrice

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April 2018
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Notes on ‘Esoteric Futurism’: Marinetti and the Occultist Circle in Milan

D’Ambrosio, Matteo


The relationship between occultism and the artistic and literary avant-gardes appears to be more significant than is suggested in the studies that have been published so far on the topic. F. T. Marinetti’s interest in esotericism has only been considered incompletely and not profoundly enough, despite the fact that it was important during his formation years, grew stronger during the initial phase of the Futurist movement, re-surfaced again in the early 1920s at the time of Marinetti’s disappointment with politics, and was then seemingly neglected during the long phase of ‘Futurfascism’. And yet, even in the years of rapprochement to the Fascist regime, there were unexpected courses of development, some of which are investigated in this essay. I shall look at Marinetti’s occultist leaning during his Symbolist phase and at those of some protagonists of early Futurism (Giacomo Balla, Arnaldo Ginna, Irma Valeria). The second section focusses on the 1920s, the tactilism experiments undertaken by Marinetti and Benedetta, as well as Eva Kuhn (Magamal)’s concept of ‘Occultist Futurism’ and the activities and publications of the Occultist Circle in Milan, of which Marinetti was a prominent member. I shall also analyse some other writings on Futurism and esotericism by Cecco D’Alessio, Aldo De Sanctis and Francesco Zingaropoli. In the Appendix are translated three key documents from the journal Senza veli (Without Veils).

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Matteo D’Ambrosio (2018). Notes on ‘Esoteric Futurism’: Marinetti and the Occultist Circle in Milan. In Günter Berghaus, Domenico Pietropaolo, Beatrice Sica (Eds.), 2018 (pp. 294–324). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110575361-014

Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110575361

Online ISBN: 9783110575361

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