This catalogue was published to accompany the exhibition A Slap in the Face! Futurists in Russia, curated by John Milner, held at the Estorick Collection in 2007.
This publication focuses on the complex and fascinating relationship between Russian and Italian Futurism. A long-overdue examination of the subject, it explores the energetic, creative and occasionally violent encounters of East and West in the arena of avant-garde art. While Futurist ideas were familiar to Russian artists through translations of manifestos and articles, F.T. Marinetti’s visit to Russia in 1914 provoked mixed responses; while some admired his revolutionary zeal, others resented his apparent desire to establish an outpost of his movement.
Alongside a selection of works by Italian and Russian Futurists, commentary by John Milner provides an extensive survey of the Russian Futurist movement in all its aspects, from art and design to literature and music.