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

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Tracey Bashkoff, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, and Megan Fontanella, Assistant Curator of Collections and Provenance, contextualize the works presented in The Great Upheaval: Modern Art from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910–1918 by describing the increase in international exchange and emergence of myriad artist groups in the period leading up to World War I. This heightened transnational collaboration produced a revolutionary moment in art that allowed pioneering artists such as Robert Delaunay, Vasily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, and Pablo Picasso to work more experimentally. This “great upheaval,” or renaissance for the arts, promoted in a pamphlet penned by Kandinsky and Marc, was cut short as the onset of World War I forced groups to disband. The curators chart the trajectories of artists and groups whose experiences epitomize the artistic fervor of the prewar period and the mixture of disillusionment and hope that followed when the war drew to a close.

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