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Avant-garde Dinner - Marinetti, Futurismi, and the Futurist Banquette

F. T. Marinetti, Akcja, 1915-16 (?)

Avant-garde Dinner - Marinetti, Futurismi, and the Futurist Banquette

About the changes in art, in human actions, in their mentality and habits. But first and foremost the lecture will be about changes in cusine and dining. Dr Marja Härmänmaa will be talk about this subject on next meeting in The Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Acadeny of Sciences.

Futurism was an Italian Avant-garde movement that was founded by an Italian writer Filippo Tommaso Marinetti in 1909. With the foundation of Futurism, Marinetti wanted to radically renovate arts and literature, to update them to correspond to the modern world dominated by inhuman technology and speed. Furthermore, Marinetti also aimed at revolutionizing the landscape and even human’s mentality and habits. “Down with the past,” cried Marinetti and urged the destruction of museums and old towns. The transformation of Venice into a modern industrial city was meant to take place by filling the canals and constructing tramways – among others.

In addition, the programme of Futurism also included a receipt of a brand-new cuisine. “Down with the pasta,” cried Marinetti as well, and introduced new, fantastic dished in which he combined sweet and sour, salty and bitter. Marinetti’s fantastic dishes are barely eatable, but never mind: the Futurist cuisine was nevertheless artistic. Actually, the entire Futurist dinner became a total art work in which the outlook of dishes was carefully planned both when it comes to the form and colour. The interior of a restaurant and the dresses were equally in harmony with the dishes, accompanied by music, different odours and spectacles.

How was an avant-garde dinner, which were its specialities, what was the ultimate purpose of the culinary revolution, and what did “the young black boy” do under the table during the “Futuristic official diplomatic dinner” are some of the questions I intend to address in the lecture.


Cinema hall of The National Museum in Warsaw | Warsaw, Al. Jerozolimskie 3, g. 17:00

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