"Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925" Exhibition

The Museum of Modern Art

poster for "Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925" Exhibition

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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.

[Image: František Kupka "Localization of Graphic Motifs II" (1912–13) oil on canvas 78 3/4 x 76 3/8 in. Image courtesy of the National Gallery of Art, Washington. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris]



from December 23, 2012 to April 15, 2013

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