Florence event | Postwar Avantgardes. The Guggenheims and their collection @ Palazzo Strozzi
When: 18 March 2016 - 24 July 2016Where: Palazzo Strozzi
Devoting an exhibition to the Guggenheim collections will allow us to offer visitors a rich overview of the birth of the first Avantgarde movements after World War II, which fuelled a full and ongoing dialogue between European artists who came to be known as “informal” and the leading lights of American art including, first and foremost, Pollock, Rothko, Motherwell, de Kooning, Gorky, Matta, Baziotes and Frankenthaler.
Exhibits will include such masterpieces as Pollock’s Enchanted Forest (1947), Still’s Jamais, and Baziotes’ The Parachutists (1944), all of which help to reconstruct the birth of the American Avantgardes. Mature works by these artists from the New York museum will be displayed in order to tell a story that is both philologically and scientifically accurate.
These masterpieces will dialogue in the rooms of Palazzo Strozzi with the great European Masters, including two splendid works by Fontana and Dubuffet.
The importance of sculpture will also be symbolically highlighted in both collections through the work of Giacometti and Calder, significant pieces by whom will be presented alongside the work of other American and European artists such as Brancusi.
The paintings and the sculptures of the Guggenheim collection, together with other works loaned by public and private institutions will offer visitors a fantastic introduction to the extraordinarily exciting season of art in which both Peggy and Solomon Guggenheim both played such crucial roles Part of the exhibition focus in the years following World War II, when the rise of Abstract Expressionism drew international attention to a circle of artists working mainly in New York: distinctive styles developed, from the infinite restlessness and frenetic brushwork of artists such as Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock – artists strictly connected to Peggy and the entire Guggenheim’s family – to the haunting stillness of Mark Rothko’s color fields and the thinned washes of Helen Frankenthaler’s “soak stain” paintings.
By the end of the 1950s, new modes of abstract painting known as “hard-edge” or “postpainterly” emerged in New York, with artists such as Frank Stella and Ellsworth Kelly favoring cool precision, flat colors, and geometric compositions.
Each of these innovative artists propelled the United States to the forefront of the avant-garde in the mid–twentieth century.
The exhibition, curated by Luca Massimo Barbero, is produced and promoted by the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi in conjunction with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.
Piazza degli Strozzi, 50123 Firenze, Italia