Abstraction in Europe: a German collector’s choice

Abstraction in Europe: a German collector’s choice
9 April > 13 June 2011


From 9 April to 13 June, the Maeght Foundation is holding an exhibition dedicated to Abstraction in Europe. This exclusive exhibition will display works from a German private collection. Revealed for the first time in France, this ambitious collection gathers over 80 artworks (paintings, drawings and sculptures) and other work which shows the different facets of geometrical abstraction during the first half of the 20th century.

Geometrical abstraction is seen here through its international connections. The collection gives a varied and pertinent overview of artistic exchanges between Western and Eastern Europe from 1909-1910 to 1950 and points to the boomerang effect of these influences. More than 30 artists are represented, a majority of whom are Russian (Kandinsky, Malevich, Tatlin, Rodchenko, Popova, Goncharova) and from Eastern Europe (Kupka, El Lissitzky). The flight of many of these artists under the Nazi regime helped to bring about the international reputation of geometric abstraction.

Constructivism is shown here in the work of individuals as well as the various currents of geometric abstraction. There are the great Bauhaus names such as Josef Albers and Lászlo Moholy-Nagy, those representing Abstraction-creation like Max Bill, and finally the members of the De Stijl group with Georges Vantongerloo who are also part of this collection of modern art.

Wassily Kandinsky, represented with works of exceptional quality, occupies a particular place in this artistic context, because his work is in some ways the meeting point between East and West. Similarly, the Russian artist Alexandra Exter develops her own plastic language which integrates the artistic influences of both Cubism and Futurism. Finally, Kasimir Malevich and his Suprematism also provides a bridge between East and West. The work of Natalia Goncharova is also a particularly Russian form of Cubo-futurism while at the same time being at the frontier of what is known as Rayonism. The artist’s life illustrates the undeniable attraction of the French capital for European artists before the war: she went to live in Paris in 1917.

This is a homogenous collection with a particular geographical and historical character. It gathers a choice of works perfectly illustrating the artistic trends in Central and Eastern Europe during the first half of the 20th century. The exhibition is also based around manuscripts from certain artists: 50 books, artistic manifestos from the Russian avant-garde or illustrated books whose iconography and typography reflect the highly avant-garde aesthetic of constructivism.

This private collection has been lent exclusively to the Maeght Foundation to be shown to the public for the first time in France. It has only ever been on public display three times and only in German speaking countries: in 2001 at the Kunstmuseum Winterthur in Switzerland and in 2006 in Germany at the Kunstmuseum Bonn, then at the Staatliches Museum of Schwerin.

The collection displays unique items (paintings, sculptures and drawings on paper) which the German collector has built up over the years, and to which further items are added in order to give the most complete overview of the artistic interactions and exchanges taking place within Europe during the first half of the 20th century.

Abstraction in Europe: a German collector's choice – 9 April > 13 June 2011
Exhibition curator: Markus MUELLER






Vassily KANDINSKY, Tension noire, 1925, Encre de Chine et gouache sur papier; 46x33cm
© Adagp Paris 2011


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Between two temporary exhibitions, some rooms can be closed to the public. The fee is reduced accordingly.

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