Aesthetically, Italian Futurism is a dynamic modernist movement with strong scenes of the rising modern life of the early 1900s, depicting machines, speed, and war in provocative ways. When reading their manifestos, however, I can’t help but notice that the Futurist were manic, violent, sexist, and fascist revolutionaries who where, at times, hypocritical in their vulgar beliefs. Founded in 1909 by Filippo Marinetti, Futurism was a movement of many mediums, beginning with literature and expanding to painting, sculpture, sound, photography, and architecture, translating their beliefs vivaciously into each medium. As much as I disagree with their founding manifesto of violence and destruction of the “old world” (they literally wanted to demolish museums and libraries), I can’t help but admire their colorful and rhythmic works. For example, Boccioni’s Unique Forms of Continuity in Space and The City Rises, Marinetti’s typographic Zang Tumb Tuuum, all explore a new visual language that’s fresh and inventive. So I ask myself, is is possible to love the work but hate the men who created it? I say yes. Learn more about the Futurists and see Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe at the Guggenheim now through September 1st.