FROM ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM TO POSTPICTORIAL ABSTRACTION : AMERICAN WORKS FROM THE GUGGENHEIM COLLECTION .

8 giugno 2016

Wednesday, June 8th, 5.30 p.m. 

ACROSS THE ATLANTIC
FROM ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM TO POSTPICTORIAL ABSTRACTION: american works from the Guggenheim COLLECTION .

Conference by Claudio Zambianchi. In collaboration with Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi.

During World War II a movement bound to have a crucial influence on the destiny of Western art, Abstract Expressionism, started off in New York, at the time enriched by the presence of the European intellectuals fleeing from a country devastated by war and violence. Artists such as Jackson Pollock, Clyfford Still, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Adolph Gottlieb, Barnett Newman, inaugurated, right after the war, a new and original language, more and more abstract and based on the impact paintings of large dimensions would have on the observer. It was an important arrival point for the modernist concept of art, further explored by some painters of the following generation, belonging to the so-called “post-pictorial abstraction”, inspired by Mark Rothko and Helen Frankenthaler. Among these, Morris Louis and Kenneth Noland. Starting from the analysis of the works included in the collections by Solomon and Peggy Guggenheim, the latter the main gallery owner of Abstract Expressionism between 1943 and 1947, it is possible to get a general overview of these important tendencies of American art.

Free admittance while seats last, the access to the museum is not included.

Monday, June 20th, 5.00 p.m.
ACROSS THE ATLANTIC

An itinerant tour to the collections of Museo Novecento and to the exhibit Da Kandinsky a Pollock. La grande arte dei Guggenheim. In collaboration with Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi.
Booking is mandatory, 25 people max. Info and costs: prenotazioni@palazzostrozzi.org, tel. 055 2469600.