DIE FUTURISTEN, Galerie Der Sturm, Berlin, 1912

Artists: Umberto Boccioni, Carlo D. Carrà, Luigi Russolo, Gino Severini

Duration: April 12May 16, 1912

Dimensions: 19.3 x 14.5 cm

Further Information: Run by art dealer and publicist Herwarth Walden and his wife Nell Walden, Galerie Der Sturm was perhaps one of the most important places for Europe’s early avant-garde movements. It helped artistic networks to grow and connect, even reaching as far as North American artists and art dealers.

The Futurist art movement, which was led and founded by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, held its first exhibition in Germany at Galerie Der Sturm in 1912. Praising patriotism and war as “the only hygiene in the world,” as well as supporting the destruction of museums, feminism, and libraries, the Futurists considered aggression to be an active part of artistic production and a new world order. Marinetti was later an active member of the fascist movement in Italy and a supporter of war.


Further Links: The website sturm-edition.de and www.zikg.eu//bibliothek have both digitalized a lot of content from the Sturm. The art historical website arthistoricum.net lists a comprehensive overview of all exhibitions and produced catalogues that realized at Der Sturm. A history of the exhibition of the Futurists can be read via www.welt.de

Images: Images of the invitation and all other archival documents shown on this page are part of the online collection of Archiv der Avantgarden, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

Carlo D. CarràF.T. MarinettiGino SeveriniHerwarth WaldenLuigi RussoloNell WaldenUmberto Boccioni

Published for the first time in 1909, the Futurist manifesto—written by the movement’s founder and “leader” Filippo Tommaso Marinetti—was also printed in the Galerie der Sturm exhibition catalogue in 1912.