Exploring the connections between the most brilliant minds of the artist that created the concept of abstraction has given the Momas museum team a better insight as to how this vibrant artistic movement came about.
In 1912, in several European cities, a handful of artists—Vasily Kandinsky, Frantisek Kupka, Francis Picabia, and Robert Delaunay—presented the first abstract pictures to the public. Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925 celebrates the centennial of this bold new type of artwork, tracing the development of abstraction as it moved through a network of modern artists, from Marsden Hartley and Marcel Duchamp to Piet Mondrian and Kazimir Malevich, sweeping across nations and across media. The exhibition brings together many of the most influential works in abstraction’s early history and covers a wide range of artistic production, including paintings, drawings, books, sculptures, films, photographs, sound poems, atonal music, and non-narrative dance, to draw a cross-media portrait of these watershed years.
Alfred Barr’s conception of twentieth century art was never better expressed than in the famous Barr chart- the diagram he designed in 1935 for the exhibition “Cubism and Abstract Art.” His scheme, expressed in a traditionally scientific diagram, was made into visual gospel. It articulated his particular interests in both the high and low aspects of art.
And now, seven decades later, his beloved museum honors his fantastic diagram by designing a more up to date and complete version of his vision.
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