Russian Futurism was a movement of Russian poets and artists who adopted the principles of Filippo Marinetti’s “Futurist Manifesto”. These artists were astonished about the infinite possibilities of the machines, especially about the speed of modern life.
Now thanks to OpenCulture and Monoskop, we found that there is a sizable online archive of 144 digitally scanned Futurist publications, including major works by Mayakovsky, Khlebnikov, Kruchenykh, and other Futurist artists.
According to this poetry website, Russian Futurism began as a revolt against the symbolist movement in Russia. Khlebnikov was acclaimed as the most profound and inventive poet of the Cubo-Futurism movement. His study ranged from dense and private neologisms to exotic verse forms written in palindromes. His poetry, albeit innovative and inspirational to his contemporaries, was too impenetrable to reach a popular audience. Another widely celebrated poet to come out of Cubo-Futurism was Mayakovsky, whose poetics were a mixture of extravagant exaggerations and self-centered and arduous imagery.
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