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Exhibition: Op and Kinetic art at the Warsaw Museum of Modern Art

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The Other Trans-Atlantic , Kinetic and Op Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America 1950s – 1970s

 

THE OTHER TRANS-ATLANTIC
KINETIC AND OP ART IN EASTERN EUROPE AND LATIN AMERICA 1950S – 1970S at The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw

“The Other Trans-Atlantic. Kinetic and Op Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America 1950s – 1970s” examines a brief yet historically significant moment in the post-war era during which artists from Eastern Europe and Latin America cultivated a shared enthusiasm for Kinetic and Op Art.

This trend represented both an alternative and a challenge to the critical consensus of mainstream Northern-Atlantic art production: while in the established art centers of Paris, London and New York, abstract expressionism, informel and lyrical abstraction reigned supreme, another art history was being written linking the hubs of Warsaw, Budapest, Zagreb, Bucharest and Moscow together with Buenos Aires, Caracas, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Here arose a network of artistic practices dedicated to an entirely different set of aesthetic questions situated in relation to various shared political and economic realities.

The blossoming of Kinetic art and Op art in those regions was, among others, a manifestation of a fascination with movement – its aesthetic effects and the dynamic opportunities it generated to create new, interactive relations with audiences. These mobile and/or mobilizing objects were frequently created by multidisciplinary teams joining artists together with scientists and engineers, and were rarely conceived as finished masterpieces to be admired by a disinterested beholder but, rather, to be displayed in museums and public spaces as an open invitation to audience interaction and participation. Uncentered, unattached and featuring constantly evolving parameters, these objects were primarily artistic experiments that expressed an earnest belief in the utopian power of art at a precise time when the West’s reigning art ideology had definitively abandoned the idea of utopia as such. In contrast, the South American and Eastern European movements’ fascination with science, new technologies and cybernetics symbolized a continued commitment to building a better future through art.

The exhibition presents works by more than 30 artists and artistic groups from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, which provide evidence of common interests and intuitions. The exhibition also includes unique archival materials. An English-language collection of texts presented at “The Other Transatlantic. Kinetic and Op art in Eastern Europe and Latin America”, a conference organized in Warsaw in 2016, will be published on the occasion of the exhibition.

Artists:
Vladimir Akulinin, Vojin Bakić, Martha Boto, Feliza Bursztyn, Lygia Clark, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Milan Dobeš, Dvizhenie Group, Wojciech Fangor, Constantin Flondor, Vladimir Galkin, Gego (Gertrud Louise Goldschmidt), Oskar Hansen, Francisco Infante, Jerzy Jarnuszkiewicz, Julije Knifer, Vyacheslav Koleychuk, Gyula Košice, Grzegorz Kowalski, Vlado Kristl, Julio Le Parc, Almir da Silva Mavignier, Mir Group, Vera Molnar, Lev Nussberg, Hélio Oiticica, Abraham Palatnik, Andrzej Pawłowski, Grupa Prometeusz, Ivan Picelj, Ludmiła Popiel, Vjenceslav Richter, Jerzy Rosołowicz, Mira Schendel, Nicholas Schöffer, Sigma Group, Jesus Rafael Soto, Aleksandr Srnec, Henryk Stażewski, Zdeněk Sýkora, Victor Vasarely, Magdalena Więcek, Ryszard Winiarski.
The exhibition was organized by the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw in collaboration with Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow and SESC São Paulo.

The dates of the presentation in Moscow:
17.03.2018 – 9.05.2018

The dates of the presentation in São Paulo:
25.07.2018 – 30.09.2018

 

  • vera_molnar_hypertransformation
    Vera Molnár, Hypertransformation, 1974, plotter drawing, ink on paper. Courtesy DAM Gallery
    Wojciech_Fangor_m41
    Wojciech Fangor, M41, 1969, oil, canvas, 204 x 204 x 5 cm. Courtesy Zwierciadło Foundation
    abraham_palatnik_kinetic_object
    Abraham Palatnik Kinetic Object KK 9a, 1966/2009 wood, motor, formica, 61 x 98 x 17 cm Courtesy Nara Roesler Gallery
    Henryk_stazewski_meta_relief
    Henryk Stażewski Metal relief no. 4, 1966 Aluminum plates, fiberboard, wood, 63 x 80,2 x 12,4 cm Courtesy Starmach Gallery
    Julije Knifer, TUE (Tuebingen Ecke), 1973 acrylic, canvas
    Julije Knifer, TUE (Tuebingen Ecke), 1973 acrylic, canvas
    Hélio_Oiticica_spatial_relief
    Hélio Oiticica, Spatial relief v 10, 1960 (2000), acrylic, wood courtesy of Nara Roesler Gallery, São Paulo and New York
    Lygia_clark_bicho
    Lygia Clark Bicho Pássaro do Espaço, 1960 Aluminium, 50.4 x 51 x 1 cm (dims. variable) Copyright O Mundo de Lygia Clark-Associação Cultural, Rio de Janeiro Courtesy Alison Jacques Gallery, London
    ludmila_popiel
    Ludmiła Popiel Op-art painting, 1966 Oil, canvas, 130 x 130 cm Courtesy Museum in Koszalin and Arton Foundation in Warsaw
    mira_schendel_still_waves
    Mira Schendel, Still waves of probability, 1969 (2017) nylon thread, plywood, text on acrylic glass
    Milan Dobeš
    Op art painting by Milan Dobeš

     

     

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