Art Manifestos

When I was studying for my Art History degree with the Open University I wrote an assignment concerning the development of the artist’s manifesto during the 19th and 20th century and how this was linked to a more individualistic approach to the arts rather than working from the ideals of the French, Italian or British schools of art.

Why Cheap Art? Manifesto
Why Cheap Art? Manifesto

Rather than develop this at this point in time I will just collect as many manifesto as I’ve found on these pages.

This list is a place marker of manifesto still to transcribe, I have already transcribed a few at another site (artmanifestos.tumblr.com) and will just transfer those to here, eventually closing the Tumblr down.

  • Gustav Courbet ‘Realist Manifesto’ (1855)
  • F.T. Marinetti ‘The Founding and Manifesto of Futurism’ (1909)
  • Takamura Kōtarō ‘A Green Sun’ (1910)
  • F.T. Marinetti ‘Against Traditionalist Venice’ (1910)
  • Guillaume Apollinaire ‘On the Subject in Modern Painting’ (1912)
  • Valentine de Saint-Point ‘Manifesto of Futurist Manifesto’ (1912)
  • Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc ‘Preface to Der Blaue Reiter Almanac’ (1912)
  • Luigi Russolo ‘The Art of Noises’ (1913)
  • Mikhael Larionov and Natalya Goncharova ‘Rayonists and Futurists: A Manifesto’ (1913)
  • Guillaume Apollinaire ‘L’antitradition futuriste’ (1913)
  • Carlo Carrà ‘The Painting of Sounds , Noises and Smells’ (1913)
  • Giacomo Balla ‘Futurist Manifesto of Men’s Clothing’ (1913)
  • Mina Loy ‘Aphorisms on Futurism’ (1914)
  • F.T. Marinetti and C.R.W. Nevinson ‘The Futurist Manifesto Against English Art’ (1914)
  • Wyndham Lewis and others ‘Our Vortex’ (1914)
  • Wyndham Lewis and others ‘Manifesto’ (1914)
  • Antonio Sant’ Elia ‘Manifesto of Futurist Architecture’ (1914)
  • F.T. Marinetti and others ‘Futurist Synthesis of the War’ (1914)
  • Mina Loy ‘Feminist Manifesto’ (1914)
  • Carlo Carrà ‘Warpainting’ (1915)
  • Vladimir Mayakovsky ‘A Drop of Tar’ (1915)
  • Tristan Tzara ‘The 1st DADA Manifesto’ (1916)
  • Kasimir Malevich ‘Suprematist Manifesto’ (1916)
  • Olga Rozanova ‘Cubism, Futurism, Suprematism’ (1917)
  • Vladimir Mayakovsky and others ‘Manifesto of the Flying Federation of Futurists’ (1918)
  • Richard Huelsenbeck ‘First German Dada Manifesto’ (1918)
  • Amédéé Ozenfant and Charles Edouard Jeanneret ‘Purism’ (1918)
  • Aleksandr Rodchenko and others ‘Manifesto of Suprematists and Non-Objective Painters’ (1919)
  • Richard Huelsenbeck and Raul Hausmann ‘What is Dadaism and what does it want in Germany?’ (1919)
  • Walter Gropius ‘What is Architecture?’ (1919)
  • Tristan Tzara and others ‘Twenty-Three Manifestos of the Dada Movement’ (1920)
  • Naum Gabo and Anton Pezner ‘The Realist Manifesto’ (1920)
  • Liubov Popova ‘ On Organizing Anew’ (1921)
  • Tristan Tzara and others ‘ Dada Excites Everything’ (1921)
  • Manuel Maples Arce ‘A Strident Prescription’ (1921)
  • Dziga Vertor ‘WE: Variant of a Manifesto’ (1922)
  • Vincente Huidabro ‘We Must Create’ (1922)
  • Aleksandr Rodchenko ‘Manifesto of the Constructivist Group’ (1922)
  • Le Corbusier ‘Toward an Architecture’ (1923)
  • Theo van Doesburg and others ‘Manifesto Prole Art’ (1923)
  • Tomoshoi Murayama and others ‘Mavo Manifesto’ (1923)
  • David Alfaro Siqueiros and others ‘ Manifesto of the Union of Mexican Workers, Technicians, Painters and Sculptors’ (1923)
  • The Red Group ‘Manifesto’ (1924)
  • André Breton ‘Manifesto of Surrealism’ (1924)
  • José Carlos Mariátegui ‘Art, Revolution and Decadence’ (1926)
  • Oswaldo de Andrade ‘Cannibalist Manifesto’ (1928)
  • Salvador Dalí and others ‘Yellow Manifesto’ (1928)
  • André Breton ‘Second Manifesto fo Surrealism’ (1929)
  • F.T. Marinetti and others ‘Manifesto of Futurist Cuisine’ (1930)
  • John Reed Club of New York ‘Draft Manifesto’ (1932)
  • Karoly (Charles) Sirato and others ‘Dimensionist Manifesto’ (1932)
  • Mario Sironi ‘Manifesto of Mural Painting’ (1933)
  • André Breton, Diego Rivera and Leon Trotsky ‘Manifesto: Towards a Free Revolutionary Art’ (1938)
  • Lucio Fonana ‘White Manifesto’ (1946)
  • Edward Bayley and others ‘Inventionist Manifesto’ (1946)
  • Victor Vasarely ‘Notes from a Manifesto’ (1955)
  • Jirō Yoshihara ‘The Gutai Manifesto’ (1956)
  • Ferrára Guillar ‘Neo-Concrete Manifesto’ (1956)
  • Pierre Restany ‘1st Statement on New Realism’ (1960)
  • Georg Baselitz ‘Pandemonic Manifesto I 2nd Version’ (1961)
  • Rafael Montanez Ortiz ‘Destructivism: A Manifesto’ (1962)
  • George Maciunus ‘Fluxus Manifesto’ (1963)
  • Wolf Vostell ‘Manifesto’ (1963)
  • Stan Brakhage ‘Metaphors on Vision’ (1963)
  • Stanley Brown ‘A Short Manifesto’ (1964)
  • Derek Jarman ‘Manifesto’ (1964)
  • Robert Venturi ‘Non-Straightforward Architecture: A Gentle Manifesto’ (1966)
  • Gilbert and George ‘The Laws of Sculpture’ (1969)
  • Mierle Laderman Ekeles ‘Maintenance Art Manifesto’ (1969)
  • Gilbert and George ‘What Our Art Means’ (1970)
  • Douglas Davis ‘Manifesto’ (1974)
  • Maroin Dib and others ‘Manifesto of the Arab Surrealist Movement’ (1975)
  • Rem Koolhaas ‘Delerious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhatten’ (1978)
  • Coop Himmelblau ‘Architecture Must Blaze’ (1980)
  • Georg Basielitz ‘Painter’s Equipment’ (1985)
  • R.B. Kitaj ‘First Diasporist Manifesto’ (1989)
  • Dale Nason ‘Cyber Dada Manifesto’ (1991)
  • Lebbeus Woods ‘Manifesto’ (1993)
  • Dogme 95 ‘Manifesto’ (1995)
  • Michael Betancourt ‘The —- Manifesto’ (1996)
  • Charles Jencks ’13 Propositions of Post-Modern Architecture’ (1996)
  • R.B. Kitaj ‘Second Diasporist Manifesto’ (2007)
  • Austin Williams and others ‘Manifesto: Towards a New Humanism in Architecture’ (2008)
  • Edgeworth Johnson, Shelley Li and others ‘The Founding Manifesto and Rules of the Other Muswell Hill Stuckists’ (2009)