The Museum of Avant-garde


Established by Wyndham Lewis around 1914, Vorticism tapped into the same Zeitgeist that prompted Futurism. Fascinated by the changes and innovations happening in the technical sectors around Europe and fiercely taking a stance against the stuffy Victorian traditions, the movement represented the British avant-garde voice. Its key ideas related to the sense of energy spreading from a vortex. This radical and powerful approach was also reflected in the group’s magazine BLAST, which saw only two issues published but deeply impacted the avant-garde movement. Ezra Pound and Lewis remained the two key figures of Vorticism, but artists of various disciplines also associated to the group, such as painter Helen Saunders, the writer T.S. Eliot, sculptures Henri Gaudier-Brzeska and Jacob Epstein.


Alvin Langdon Coburn
Wyndham Lewis
Helen Saunders
Edward Wadsworth