March 6, 2007
by Canadian Architect
Opening on March 17 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, this exhibition is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition on the subject ever staged in the United States, and the Corcoran will be the final and only American venue.
Presenting more than 400 objects and 50 film clips, Modernism explores the foundation and meaning of Modernism, and it contains some of the most seminal works of modern art, graphic and product design, and architecture produced in the first half of the 20th century. While its works will represent 17 countries, the Washington exhibition will have a distinct American flavour, featuring American works not included at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
New Corcoran Director and President Paul Greenhalgh and V&A Curator Christopher Wilk will be available for interviews following formal remarks. In addition, Corcoran curators, designers and exhibition sponsors will be accessible.
Modernism: Designing a New World 1914-1939 will be on view through Sunday, July 29, 2007. This groundbreaking and vast exhibition covers the evolution of Modernist art and design into a mass movement that continues to impact the way we live. As it explores key Modernist movementssuch as Bauhaus, DeStijl, Constructivism and Purismthe exhibition reveals how the distinctive style developed and what principles defined it. The show also investigates Modernisms key themes, including Utopia; the role of the factory and mass production; the spiritual aspect of modern life; fascination with the healthy body and organic forms found in nature; and national identity.
Among the key Modernist figures featured are artists Piet Mondrian, Fernand Lger, Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Alexander Rodchenko, Wassily Kandinsky, Lszl Moholy-Nagy, Charles Sheeler, and Stuart Davis; architects and designers Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius and Richard Neutra, Marcel Breuer, Gerrit Rietveld, Marianne Brandt and Alvar Aalto.
Modernism: Designing a New World 1914-1939 is organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The Corcorans presentation is made possible through the generous support of Vornado/Charles E. Smith, Design Within Reach, the Dedalus Foundation, Inc., and The Solow Art and Architecture Foundation. Travel assistance is provided by Kimpton Hotels and Amtrak. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.