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Unique Forms of Continuity in Space by maridia3
November 1, 2012, 11:17 pm
Filed under: 2012-13

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Unique Forms of Continuity in Space is a bronze Futurist sculpture by Umberto Boccioni. It is seen as an expression of movement and fluidity. The sculpture is depicted on the obverse of the Italian-issue 20 cent euro coin.

The Futurist movement was striving to portray speed and forceful dynamism in their art. Boccioni, though trained as a painter, began sculpting in 1912. He exclaimed that “these days I am obsessed by sculpture! I believe I have glimpsed a complete renovation of that mummified art.” The next year, Boccioni completed the sculpture. His goal for the work was to depict a “synthetic continuity” of motion instead of an “analytical discontinuity” that he saw artists like František Kupka and Marcel Duchamp portraying. In 1912-1913 Boccioni created several sculptures. Also see image of “Development of a Bottle in Space” of 1913.

Unique Forms of Continuity in Space depicts a human-like figure apparently in motion. The sculpture has an aerodynamic and fluid form. As a pedestal, two blocks at the feet connect the figure to the ground. The figure is also armless and without a discernibly real face.

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