Futurism and the Bicycle

Indeed “the bicycle represented the most intimate marriage between modern technology and man.” For more on the subject check out Joe Hall’s 2009 post here or this new exhibition at the PGC:

Cycling, Cubo-Futurism, and the Fourth Dimension: Jean Metzinger’s At the Cycle-Race Track

June 9–September 16, 2012
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
Curated by Erasmus Weddigen

The exhibition revolves around Jean Metzinger’s At the Cycle-Race Track (Au vélodrome, 1912), a pivotal Cubist work at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Beyond exploring the theme of the fourth dimension, a proposed transcendental other reality, which fascinated the avant-garde in Paris before World War II, the show presents other Metzinger paintings and drawings on the theme from private and public collections, in addition to Mario Sironi’s The Cyclist (Il ciclista, 1916), Umberto Boccioni’s Dynamism of a Cyclist (Dinamismo di un ciclista, 1913), and works by Pablo Picasso and Gino Severini. Photographs of the velodrome in Roubaix, France, and the champions that Metzinger represented are included.

Art Newspaper review

More sketches by Boccioni’s Dynamism of a Cyclist here.

Here are some related works:

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