In Venice the Peggy Guggenheim Collection presents an exhibition devoted entirely to the Vorticism, the British avant-garde group formed in London in 1914.
Initially influenced by French Cubism and Italian Futurism, this literary and artistic movement of sharp angles and bold lines, went out of its way to reject the ‘irrelevant’ romanticism of the nineteenth century, instead stressing qualities such as violence and energy together with the increasing importance of mechanical machines in the modern world.
The term Vorticism was coined by Ezra Pound and Blast was the groups’ manifesto. It was edited by Percy Wyndham Lewis and the first issue (of two) contained two aggressive articles by Lewis.
Although Vorticism was born in London, several members were American, including sculptor Jacob Epsteinand, photographer Alvin Langdon Coburn, as well as the important patron John Quinn.
The exhibition will feature about 100 works, comprising paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photography, and printed matter.
The Guggenheim Collection in Venice is open every day except Tuesday from 10 am to 6 pm.