Van Gogh to Kandinsky. Expressionism at The Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA)

Van Gogh to Kandinsky. Expressionism at The Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA)
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Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky at The Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA). June 8–September 14, 2014.

Van Gogh to Kandinsky. Expressionism at The Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA)

Wassily Kandinsky, Arabian Cemetery (Arabischer Friedhof), 1909, oil on cardboard, Hamburger Kunsthalle, © 2013 Wassily Kandinsky/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris, Photo credit: bpk, Berlin / Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany / Photo: Elke Walford / Art Resource, NY

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky (June 8–September 14, 2014), an exhibition that sheds new light on the extraordinary response of artists in Germany and France to key developments in modern art in the early 20th century. For the first time in a major museum exhibition, Expressionism is presented not as a distinctly German style but as an international movement in which artists in Germany and France responded with various aesthetic approaches to modern masters such as Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, and Paul Gauguin, among others. Over 40 artists—including Wassily Kandinsky, Emil Nolde, Gabrielle Münter, Franz Marc, Robert Delaunay, and Pierre Bonnard—are represented in over 90 paintings and 45 works on paper, in addition to approximately 30 ephemera objects.

Van Gogh to Kandinsky. Expressionism at The Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA)

Franz Marc, Stony Path (Mountains/Landscape) Steiniger Weg (Gebirge/Landschaft), 1911 (repainted 1912), oil on canvas, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Gift of the Women’s Board and Friends of the Museum. Photo © San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

“Expressionism in Germany and France offers a unique opportunity to observe the ways that a generation of artists was influenced by some of the greatest names in modern art history,” says exhibition curator Timothy O. Benson. “Our visitors will gain insight into the culturally rich cosmopolitan milieu established by the many exhibitions, collectors, gallerists, critics, and not least the artists of the time (many of whom traveled between Paris and Germany) and how this cultural atmosphere transcended national borders.” “This exhibition is a fascinating look at artistic influence in Europe that shatters barriers of nationality,” says Michael Govan, LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director. “These artists’ practices were not constrained by their borders—and in fact many creative breakthroughs of the 20th century happened thanks to this dialogue between these two countries, as artists reshaped their national identities.”

Van Gogh to Kandinsky. Expressionism at The Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA)

Paul Gauguin, The Swineherd (Le Gardien de porcs), 1888, oil on canvas, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Gift of Lucille Ellis Simon and family in honor of the museum’s 25th anniversary (M.91.256), Photo © 2014 Museum Associates/LACMA

In addition to domestic and international loans of key paintings by Van Gogh, Cézanne, Matisse, Gauguin, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paula Modersohn-Becker, and Gabrielle Münter, Expressionism in Germany and France showcases works from LACMA’s Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies, one of the most distinguished collections of German Expressionist art in the United States. The loans in the exhibition come from a range of world-class institutions, including MoMA, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), Musée d’Orsay, Petit Palais, Tate Modern, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Brücke Museum, Museum Folkwang, and Kunsthaus Zürich. Expressionism in Germany and France also highlights significant works from LACMA’s collection by Gauguin, Cézanne, Kirchner, Edouard Vuillard, Max Pechstein, and Erich Heckel, among others. The exhibition is currently on view at the Kunsthaus Zürich (Febraury 7–May 11, 2014), where it goes by the title Expressionism in Germany and France: From Matisse to the Blue Rider. Following its presentation at LACMA, the exhibition travels to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (October 6, 2014–January 25, 2015). Visit LACMA website.

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