LECTURE Back to the Futurism; reinventing art through science
February 5, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Rosalind McKever, curator and art historian specialising in modern Italian art
In the 1910s the Italian Futurist artists’ bombastic manifestos declared that they would end the worship of their country’s artistic past by reinventing art through science and technology – but did they succeed?
Futurist paintings in Islington’s own Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art show how incorporating contemporary scientific ideas about time, space and matter into their vision also led Balla, Boccioni, Carrà and Severini to re-evaluate their relationship with the Italian artistic tradition. Their search for the future drew them to Ravenna’s mosaics, Leonardo’s notebooks and their artistic predecessors in modern Milan.
Dr Rosalind McKever is an art Historian and curator with a strong record of research, exhibitions, publications and art education. She specialises in modern art (1860s-1960s),particularly in Italy.