The Italian arts movement makes for an indispensable new show
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“We have to persecute, lash and torture all those who inveigh against speed.” One thing about Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, an Italian poet who wrote in French: he knew how to get your attention. In 1909, Marinetti got much of the world’s attention by launching futurism, the Italian arts movement that worshipped machinery, velocity, strength, force and all things new. It was an explosive and still somewhat underrated cultural episode, and it makes for an indispensable new show at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, curated by Vivien Greene, that’s on view through Sept. 1. You might say it makes futurism timely.