Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Exhibitions | A January Afternoon at the MoMA

In a January dark evening looking at art can always bring comfort. This visit to the MoMA was to me particularly inspiring; often looking at artwork already seen many other times seam to bring new meaning and discoveries. Or perhaps it was only mood...

Eiko & Koma installation greetings the museum visitors in the lobby

The iconic Andy Warhol "Campbell Soup"

Edvard Munch: The Scream
The Scream (Der Schrei der Natur, The Scream of Nature) is the 1895 The pastel-on-board version among the most celebrated and recognized images in art history, will be on view at The Museum of Modern Art for a period of six months. Of the four versions of The Scream made by Munch between 1893 and 1910, this p from 1895 is the only one remaining in private hands; the three other versions are in the collections of museums in Norway. The 1895 pastel-on-board version of the painting is lent by Norwegian businessman and collector Petter Olsen; it was purchased at Sotheby's for a record US$120 million at an auction in May 2012.
     And finally, in the adjacent room I was able to look at some of my favorite paintings from the late nineteenth - early twentieth century MoMA collection, spanning from geometric abstraction to surrealism and metaphysical art.
"The Starry Night"  by  Vincent Van Gogh (1889)
Henry Matisse, "Dance (I)", 1909
Giorgio de Chirico "The Seer", 1914-15
Giorgio de Chirico, "Gare Montparnasse (The Melancholy of Departure)", 1914  
René Magritte  "The False Mirror", 1928

Tokyo: 1955-1970: A New Avant-Garde  is another remarkable exhibition combining different media and scales, from painting and sculpture to lighting, architectural and urban design.

But definitely the most inspiring exhibition for me was Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925. The title is quite descriptive: collaborations between artists, working in many different media and theme, in the early nineteenth century; I found quite extraordinary how the exhibition was highlighting the intersections and networked discourses emerging from many different creative approaches —explained graphically by he diagram in the MoMA exhibition website This exhibition links many works in abstraction to include many different media: paintings, drawings, books, sculptures, films, photographs, sound poems, atonal music, and expressionist dance..