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  • We acquired this object.

1919

  • Work on this object began.

1970

2019

Book Illustration, Les mots en liberté futuristes (Futurist words in freedom), Mon ami, ma petite (My friend, my little), 1919

This is a Book Illustration. It was created by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and published by Edizioni futuriste di "Poesia". It is dated 1919. It is a part of the Smithsonian Libraries department.

This foldout plate is from Les mots en liberté futuristes, a portfolio that was both written and designed by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, the author of the famous manifesto for the Italian Futurist movement. Its ingenious typographic design and explosive layout introduced a powerful technique for representing the noisy energy of 20th-century life. The different styles and sizes of its typefaces defied traditional rules of structure and punctuation and heralded a revolution in modern visual communication. It was a pioneering example of what is known as visual or concrete poetry, in which avant-garde artists harnessed typography and page layout for expressive purposes.

It is credited Collection of Smithsonian Institution Libraries.

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