“Flemish and Dutch Painting: Art of the XX Century”

Palazzo Grassi

“Flemish and Dutch Painting: Art of the XX Century,” which was curated by Rudi Fuchs of the Netherlands and Jan Hoet of Belgium, represented a unique attempt to reconstruct the development of Modern art in Holland and Flanders. The exhibition was built around two fundamental assumptions, or leitmotifs. First, there was the idea that Paris and New York were not the only centers around which Modern art unfolded after World War II—that Amsterdam and Brussels, as well as other cities, contributed in significant ways to international artistic debates. Second, the show presented various dichotomies and dualities intended to demonstrate how visual arts in the two cultures can be clearly distinguished, despite their countries’ geographic proximity and linguistic connection.

The tendencies that were emphasized ranged from scrupulous realism and an almost maniacal attention to detail, to grotesque

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