The history of modernism appears at first sight primarily as a history of acceleration. The development of ever faster means of transportation, shorter and more far reaching channels of communications in addition to optimized production methods have continuously increased the pace of life since the 19th century—up to and including the “rushing standstill” (Paul Virilio). Art has always represented the tip of this development that even kept the wheels moving in the form of avant-garde inventions and expansions - from Impressionism via Futurism, from Abstract Expressionism to kinetic art of the 1950s and media art.
(Picture: Robert Delaunay, Formes circulaires, Soleil No. 1,1912/13, oil on canvas, 100 x 81 cm, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein, © L&M Services B. V. The Hague 20110911)