previews

  • “Against Kandinsky”

    Museum Villa Stuck
    Prinzregentenstrasse 60
    November 23, 2006–February 18, 2007

    Curated by Margarita Tupitsyn

    Following fast on the heels of Tate Modern’s celebratory “Kandinsky: The Path to Abstraction 1908–1922,” the polemical “Against Kandinsky” charts four historical cases of geometric resistance to the Russian artist’s expressionist abstraction. In the first two—Constructivism in Moscow and the Bauhaus under Hannes Meyer—the artists had direct contact and conflict with Kandinsky. In the second two, artists were responding to his legacy: Abstract Expressionism and its Minimalist aftermath in the US, and the dissident modernism of the Soviet Union in the ’60s, which would replay the expressionist/geometric schism that had given rise to Constructivism. This exhibition of some eighty works by Kandinsky and twenty other artists promises a new take on this recurring shift toward geometry by tracing an unexpected geographic and temporal path through twentieth-century abstraction.

  • Allan Kaprow, Days Off: A Calendar of Happenings, 1968, photo offset on newsprint, staples, and shrink-wrap, 10 1/2 x 15 3/8". © Hauser and Wirth Zürich London.

    Allan Kaprow, Days Off: A Calendar of Happenings, 1968, photo offset on newsprint, staples, and shrink-wrap, 10 1/2 x 15 3/8". © Hauser and Wirth Zürich London.

    Allan Kaprow

    Van Abbemuseum
    Bilderdijklaan 10
    July 24, 2013–April 22, 2007

    MOCA Geffen Contemporary
    152 North Central Avenue
    June 1–September 1, 2007

    Haus der Kunst
    Prinzregentenstrasse 1
    October 18, 2006–January 21, 2007

    Curated by Eva Meyer-Hermann and Stephanie Rosenthal

    Museums may always struggle with how to exhibit or reinvent the works of Allan Kaprow, especially since his death last May. The irreconcilability of museum settings and works intended to be enacted in the everyday world remains central to Kaprow’s example. The Haus der Kunst and the Van Abbemuseum, in an ambitious retrospective of the artist’s career and an examination of his influence, will practice both display and enactment. In addition to the re-creation of environments, sound pieces, and happenings, including the seminal 18 Happenings in Six Parts, 1959, the show comprises collages, assemblages, and paintings as well as scores, texts, activity booklets, and correspondence. Travels to the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands, Feb. 10-Apr. 22, 2007; Kunsthalle Bern, spring 2007; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, summer 2008.