A Good Review
In July 1912 Robert Delaunay showed his work at an exhibition of the Moderne Bund (Modern League) in Zurich, a venue for experimental art, at the invitation of Bund co-founder Hans Arp. Arp in turn had obtained Delaunay’s address from Vasily Kandinsky. The Swiss artist Paul Klee, who saw Delaunay’s show, decided to review it, proclaiming it to be an entirely new type of art: “the type of autonomous picture, which leads, without motifs from nature, to a completely abstract life form.”
THE OVERNIGHT GUEST
The poet-painter Carlo Carrà traveled to Paris as part of a delegation of Italian Futurists in 1914. The French poet Guillaume Apollinaire put him up in the offices of his review Les Soirées de Paris, and the two saw each other almost every day. (Apollinaire even managed to broker a gallery contract for the Italian with Picasso’s dealer Kahnweiler.) In quick succession, they began to create graphically innovative free verse—Apollinaire the first calligramme, Carrà parole in libertà, seen above.