01/01/2011 - Chaos And Classicism: Art In France

Chaos and Classicism: Art in France, Italy, and Germany, 1918-1936 is the first exhibition in the United States to explore the classicizing aesthetic that followed the immense destruction of World War I. It will examine the interwar period in its key artistic manifestations: the poetic dream of antiquity in the Parisian avant-garde of Fernand Léger and Pablo Picasso; the politicized revival of the Roman Empire under Benito Mussolini by artists such as Giorgio de Chirico and Mario Sironi; and the functionalist utopianism at the Bauhaus as well as, chillingly, the pseudobiological classicism, or Aryanism, of nascent Nazi society. This presentation of the vast transformation in French, Italian, and German contemporary culture will encompass painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, film, fashion, and the decorative arts. This exhibition is curated by Kenneth E. Silver, guest curator and Professor of Modern Art, New York University, with Vivien Greene, Curator of 19th and early 20th-century art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Karole Vail, Assistant Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; and Helen Hsu, Curatorial Assistant, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Luogo Evento: New York City The Guggenheim Museum