The Great Upheaval: Modern Art from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910–1918

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When Vasily Kandinsky and Franz Marc formed Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) group in late 1911, the artists predicted a watershed in the arts, a große Umwälzung (great upheaval) that would radically challenge traditional artistic production. Undoubtedly, tremendous creativity and innovation characterized the years leading up to World War I, especially 1910–14. Cubism achieved recognition in Paris, sparking new artistic directions in France, Italy, the Netherlands, and Russia. Art’s more expressionistic manifestations were at an equally momentous stage in Germany and Austria; Kandinsky wrote his influential treatise On the Spiritual in Art in late 1911 (published 1912), and abstraction took hold. The Great Upheaval: Modern Art from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910–1918 features more than 100 works from the museum’s holdings, attesting to this period of collaboration, interchange, synthesis, and innovation.

Curated by Tracey Bashkoff, Curator, Collections and Exhibitions, and Megan Fontanella, Assistant Curator, Collections and Provenance.

This exhibition is supported by a grant from the Joseph and Sylvia Slifka Foundation.



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