12 Apr 2017
Modern Art Classics: Liebermann, Munch, Nolde, Kandinsky at Museum Barberini
Reviewed by Vera Wilde
Between the rapid impasto, distorted perspective, and emotive sway of Nolde's Breezy Day by the Sea (1906) and the flat swathes, perpendicular lines, and lively dots of Kandinsky's White Sound (1908), the seeds of Impressionism sprout Expressionism.
If the Impressionists make the ordinary extraordinary, their Expressionist heirs reach farther into history and deeper into psychology, elevating low culture and the unconscious to new heights. Kandinsky and Tamayo draw from folklore, while Munch focuses on perennial struggles with isolation, fertility, and mortality.
The classics illustrate Benjamin's forecast that advanced means of reproduction would transform the entire technique of the arts. Controlled distortion makes old images new, as in Warhol's Mona Lisa Four Times (1978). Old tools disorient in new ways, as in Francis's centering of empty white space in My Shell Angel (1986).
|Exhibition||Modern Art Classics: Liebermann, Munch, Nolde, Kandinsky link|
|Start date||23 Jan 2017|
|End date||28 May 2017 (in 29 days)|
|Presenter||Museum Barberini link|
|Venue||Humboldtstraße 5–6, Potsdam, DEU map|
|Image||Wassily Kandinsky, White Sound, 1908, private collection, courtesy of the Museum Barbarini|
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