Umberto Boccioni
Unique Forms of Continuity in Space 1913, cast 1972

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Umberto Boccioni 1882–1916
Unique Forms of Continuity in Space
Forme uniche della continuità nello spazio
Date 1913, cast 1972
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 1175 x 876 x 368 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1972

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In the early years of the twentieth century, industrialisation swept across Italy. The futurist movement was founded by writers and artists like Umberto Boccioni, who enthused about new inventions such as cars and electricity. In Unique Forms of Continuity in Space, the figure is aerodynamically deformed by speed. Boccioni exaggerated the body’s dynamism so that it embodied the urge towards progress. The sculpture may reflect ideas of the mechanised body that appeared in futurist writings, as well as the ‘superman’ envisaged by the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.

February 2016