From left to right: Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Luigi Russolo, Carlo Carra, Umberto Boccioni and Gino Severini. Undated. Photograph by Georges Megerditchian.
In late June 1911, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Carlo Carrà, Umberto Boccioni and other Futurist artists spent an evening together at Caffè Giubbe Rosse in Florence. After a night of incendiary speeches and provocative proclamations, Boccioni turned a verbal confrontation into a physical one by slapping the artist and critic Ardengo Soffici in the face. The brawl escalated, and both artists ended up at the police station. By the next day, however, they were once again on friendly terms, exchanging ideas about the future of art making in Italy and beyond.