"The Modern Myth: Drawing Mythologies in Modern Times" Exhibition

The Museum of Modern Art

poster for "The Modern Myth: Drawing Mythologies in Modern Times" Exhibition

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Throughout history, mythologies have provided explanations for humankind’s existential surroundings through collective beliefs and shared verbal and visual narratives. Representational visual artists have long looked to ancient mythologies as a thematic repertoire, a tradition both preserved and evolved by modern and contemporary artists who continue to address and reinterpret mythological references in their works. This exhibition addresses the artistic traces of these motifs in modern art, as well as the practice of modern myth-making, through a nonlinear, thematic representation of works, following a rough chronology from 1797 to 2008.

[Image: Mark Rothko "Archaic Idol" (1945) ink and gouache on paper 22 x 30 in. © 2000 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York]


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