Antique Abstraction

March 13 – September 6, 2015
Blank One Gallery


With roots in the last years of the 19th century, purely abstract art, with no reference to objects in the material world, began to appear in many countries in the early 1910s, and has now been with us for a century. Antique Abstraction highlights works from the museum’s collections made within five years of 1915 to celebrate this aesthetic breakthrough, which informed every art movement of the coming decades.The exhibition features work demonstrating the revolutionary formal ideas that led to abstraction, as well as those that embrace complete non-representation. It includes works by Pablo Picasso (1881–1973), Wassily Kandinsky (1886–1944), Lyubov Popova (1889–1924), and André Derain (1880–1954), among others, with many on display for the first time in several years.

This exhibition was organized by Associate Curator Laura Burkhalter.

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