“Vision and Reality”

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

The aim of “Vision and Reality: Conceptions of the 20th Century,” curated by the Louisiana Museum's Kjeld Kjeldsen, was to investigate real and visionary space in art and architecture. To show the theme’s historical basis in early avant-garde movements, the exhibition brought together seminal works of Futurism, De Stijl, Bauhaus, and Russian Constructivism and set them amid a range of later modernist and contemporary positions. Two very different highlights, at the beginning and at the end of the show, were Oskar Schlemmer’s Triadic Ballet costumes, 1922–26, and a reconstruction of Verner Panton’s Visiona II, 1970/2000. Schlemmer’s costumes, which were suggestively orchestrated on the background of Sol LeWitt’s Lines to Points of Six Inch Grid, 1976, are a symbolization and typification of the utopian body; Panton’s enormous piece of furniture is what, exactly? A utopian lounge environment,

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