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WAYS OF FREEDOM. Jackson Pollock to Maria Lassnig at the Albertina. Part 2

Category: Exhibition 16. November 2022

In this context, "Freedom" means both art and politics - the abolition of valid rules and hierarchies for forms and colors, but also the context of the period in which the artworks were created after the Second World War. This was marked by the East/West conflict and the contrast between Socialist Realism and the avant-garde in the West - which broke new ground in pictorial composition and developed various forms of abstraction. Action painting and color field painting took the place of figuration; in the U.S., the New York School of Abstract Expressionism shaped an entire generation of artists, while in Europe, informal painting from Paris set the style.

With a total of about 90 works on 1500 square meters, the exhibition shows the interactions and references between the art movements of the two continents, also highlighting positions of Austrian art, but also female positions, which are otherwise rarely seen.
Jackson Pollock with his drip-paintings is juxtaposed with his wife Lee Krasner, Helen Frankenthaler is shown in a room with the Austrian positions Wolfgang Hollegha and Maria Lassnig. Hollegha, like Helen Frankenthaler, created his works by pouring paint onto canvases lying on the floor.

Mark Rothko's color field painting meets overpaintings by Arnulf Rainer, a very large-format work by the Frenchman George Mathieu, created in 1959 during a live painting event in Vienna (on view again for the first time in a long time), enters into a dialogue with a monumental work by Markus Prachensky reminiscent of calligraphy.

Franz Kline is represented as well as Joan Mitchell, Judit Reigl, Hans Staudacher, Robert Motherwell and Barnett Newman.

The cooperation with the Museum Barberini in Potsdam (with the support of the ASOM Collection, the Fondation Gandur pour l'Art, Genève and the Levett Collection) shows both the influence of international abstraction on Austrian art and the contribution that women artists have made to the development of abstract visual language, both abroad and in Austria. (written by Cem Angeli)

The exhibition continues until January 22nd, 2023.

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