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The Great Upheaval:
Modern Art from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910-1918
(The Great Upheaval Web Page)
February 4 - June 1, 2011

And
Kandinsky at the Bauhaus, 1922-1933
(Vasily Kandinsky Web Page)
February 11 – May 1, 2011

At the
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
(Guggenheim New York Website)
1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street
NYC, NY 10128
212.423.3500

Media: Guggenheim Press Office


Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
April 8, 2011


See The Guggenheim Restoration and The Wright
See The Guggenheim Thannhauser Collection

(Assisted by Guggenheim Web Notes).

A day at The Guggenheim is like a day on vacation. The Guggenheim’s expansive Frank Lloyd Wright winding walkways allow for a fluid, flexible exploration of the various exhibits, permanent collections, gift shop, and The Wright, an elegant new dining space. Today I began with lunch at the bar in The Wright (click above for description of The Wright), and then started my tour with “The Great Upheaval”, a series of works from The Guggenheim’s Modern Art collection, from 1910 – 1918.

According to The Guggenheim’s Web Notes: In 1911, Vasily Kandinsky and Franz Marc created “Der Blaue Reiter” (The Blue Rider), at which point they announced the coming of significant change in creative, artistic expression, called “große Umwälzung” or “great upheaval”. Just before World War I, 1910-1914, “creativity and innovation” were inherent in Cubism in Paris, thus influencing the artistic culture of France, Italy, the Netherlands, and Russia. Even more expressionistic was the abstract art in Germany and Austria. Kandinsky wrote “On the Spiritual in Art” in 1911, when abstraction was in vogue. “The Great Upheaval: Modern Art from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910–1918” includes about 100 works from The Guggenheim’s collections, to explore this unique period in dynamic abstract European art. This exhibit is curated by Tracey Bashkoff and Megan Fontanella, both on the Guggenheim curatorial staff.

In conjunction with and mounted in proximity to “The Great Upheaval” is a second exhibit, “Kandinsky at the Bauhaus, 1922-1933”. Vasily Kandinsky came to the Bauhaus in 1922 to teach a Wall Painting Workshop and Preliminary Course. The Bauhaus was state-sponsored by the Weimar, and was a school of art and applied design, having been created by the architect, Walter Gropius, in 1919. The focus of the school’s studies was learning crafts as art and studying under the masters, but it was closed by pressure from the Nazi government. While at the Bauhaus, Kandinsky focused on geometric shapes and forms, a bow to the increasing imagery in bourgeoning technology.




Umberto Boccioni,
"Dynamism of a Cyclist" ("Dinamismo di un ciclista")
1913, Oil on canvas, 70 x 95 cm
Gianni Mattioli Collection, on long-term loan
to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Constantin Brancusi, "Muse" ("La Muse"),
1912, Marble, 45 x 23 x 17 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum,
New York 85.3317
Shown on: Oak base,
1920, Oak, 97.5 x 47.3 x 47 cm
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Juan Gris, "Newspaper and Fruit Dish" ("Journal et compotier"),
March 1916, Oil on canvas, 46 x 37.8 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York,
Gift, Estate of Katherine S. Dreier 53.1341
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Paul Klee, "Flower Bed" ("Blumenbeet"),
1913, Oil on cardboard, 28.2 x 33.7 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York,
Estate of Karl Nierendorf, By purchase 48.1172.109
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Oskar Kokoschka, "Knight Errant" ("Der irrende Ritter"),
1915, Oil on canvas, 89.5 x 180 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York,
Estate of Karl Nierendorf, By purchase 48.1172.380
© 2011 Fondation Oskar Kokoschka/Artists Rights Society,
(ARS), New York/ProLitteris, Zurich
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Fernand Léger, "Contrast of Forms" ("Contraste de formes"),
1913, Oil on burlap, 98.8 x 125 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York,
Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection,
By gift 38.345 © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS),
New York/ADAGP, Paris
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Franz Marc,"Yellow Cow" ("Gelbe Kuh"),
1911, Oil on canvas, 140.5 x 189.2 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York,
Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection 49.1210
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Amedeo Modigliani, "Head" ("Tête"),
1911–13, Limestone, 71.8 x 18.4 x 20.6 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York 55.1421
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Gino Severini, "Red Cross Train Passing a Village"
("Train de la Croix Rouge traversant un village"),
summer 1915, Oil on canvas, 88.9 x 116.2 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York,
Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection 44.944
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS),
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower


Vasily Kandinsky
"Painting with White Border" ("Bild mit weissem Rand"),
May 1913, Oil on canvas, 140.3 x 200.3 cm.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York,
Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection,
By gift 37.245 © 2010 Artists Rights Society (ARS),
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Vasily Kandinsky
"Sketch I for Painting with White Border" (Moscow)
("Entwurf I zu Bild mit weissem Rand [Moskau]"),
1913, Oil on canvas, 100 x 78.4 cm.
The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.,
Gift from the Estate of Katherine S. Dreier, 1953
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower


For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net