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The MODERNS. Avant-garde

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Date 16/03/2013 - 01/09/2013

The fourth exhibition in the series on the modern art collection of KMSKA showed a selection of works that marked a radical change of direction in artistic production and in the museum's collection policy.

After WWII a number of progressive art movements across Europe were looking to make a new start; a start out of nothing. In Germany, Otto Piene, Heinz Mack and Günther Uecker formed the ZERO group. In France, there were the Nouveaux Réalistes – including Arman – and the experimental Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel. In Italy, Lucio Fontana was creating work based on his notions of Spatialism.

Radical change of direction

It was not long before Antwerp registered prominently on the radar of these international avant-garde movements. Between 1958 and 1962, the group of artists known as G58 displayed work in numerous exhibitions and events in the city. During that same period, KMSKA purchased work by Piene, Arman and Fontana, alongside creations by Paul Van Hoeydonck and Walter Leblanc. These artists changed viewers' perception by incorporating everyday materials and exploiting environmental and lighting effects. In the late 1970s, the museum's altered acquisitions policy resulted in exhibitions on, among others, ZERO and G58. With The MODERNS. Avant-garde, KMSKA is revisiting a selection of the work that marked such a radical shift in artistic production and in the museum's approach to building the collection.

This exhibition is organised in collaboration with the Province of Antwerp.

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De MODERNEN. Avant-Garde

  • Paul Van Hoeydonck, Spaceman (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Paul Van Hoeydonck, Spaceman

  • Julio Le Parc, Cercle en contorsion sur trame (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Julio Le Parc, Cercle en contorsion sur trame

  • Günther Uecker, Spiral (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Günther Uecker, Spiral

  • Walter Leblanc, Torsions Mobilo-Static (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Walter Leblanc, Torsions Mobilo-Static

  • Bram Bogart, Green Wheel Red (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Bram Bogart, Green Wheel Red

  • Lucio Fontana, Concetto Spaziale (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Lucio Fontana, Concetto Spaziale

  • Günther Uecker, Nail Object (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Günther Uecker, Nail Object

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