Umberto Boccioni, ‘Unique forms of continuity in space’, 1913 (cast in 1972), Kröller-Müller Museum
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Unique forms of continuity in space, 1913 (cast in 1972)

Bronze
46 1/10 × 12 × 34 2/5 in
117 × 30.5 × 87.5 cm
Permanent collection
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Kröller-Müller Museum
Otterlo

New aesthetic
Speed and movement are the main themes of the Italian futurists. They regard the …

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Umberto Boccioni
Italian, 1882–1916
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Futurist painter and sculptor Umberto Boccioni sought to infuse art with the speed, power and dynamism of the machine age, proclaiming in the Manifesto of Futurist Painters (1910): “Let us fling open the figure and let it incorporate within itself whatever may surround it.” In Unique Forms of Continuity in Space (1913), the sleek bronze figure forcefully strides forth, its body rippling as if blown by the wind. While evocative of the flowing drapery of Classical stone sculptures like the winged Victory of Samothrace, the figure’s polished metallic surface and rhythmic, muscular energy also allude to modern technology and electricity. Although his career ended abruptly when he died in World War I, Boccioni’s fascination with the breakdown of solid mass continued to influence generations of artists and philosophers.

Umberto Boccioni, ‘Unique forms of continuity in space’, 1913 (cast in 1972), Kröller-Müller Museum
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About the work
Kröller-Müller Museum
Otterlo

New aesthetic
Speed and movement are the main themes of the Italian futurists. They regard the classical marble or bronze sculpture as entirely inappropriate for expressing the modern world and its dynamism. Thus, the aesthetics of traditional art and culture need to be replaced by the ‘new beauty’ of contemporary …

Medium
Sculpture
Umberto Boccioni
Italian, 1882–1916
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Futurist painter and sculptor Umberto Boccioni sought to infuse art with the speed, power and dynamism of the machine age, proclaiming in the Manifesto of Futurist Painters (1910): “Let us fling open the figure and let it incorporate within itself whatever may surround it.” In Unique Forms of Continuity in Space (1913), the sleek bronze figure forcefully strides forth, its body rippling as if blown by the wind. While evocative of the flowing drapery of Classical stone sculptures like the winged Victory of Samothrace, the figure’s polished metallic surface and rhythmic, muscular energy also allude to modern technology and electricity. Although his career ended abruptly when he died in World War I, Boccioni’s fascination with the breakdown of solid mass continued to influence generations of artists and philosophers.

Unique forms of continuity in space, 1913 (cast in 1972)

Bronze
46 1/10 × 12 × 34 2/5 in
117 × 30.5 × 87.5 cm
Permanent collection
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