The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Folklore & Avant-garde aims to reassess our understanding of modernism, a century after its development
Natalia Goncharova, Composition with horses and sirin birds, 1915-1917. Design of the curtain for the ballet “Svadebka”, “Les Noces”, music by Igor Stravinsky. Gouache, pencil on paper, mounted on cardboard, 53 x 73.5 cm. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.

KREFELD.- The exhibition Folklore & Avant-garde aims to reassess our understanding of modernism, a century after its development. While modernism is usually associated with a break from past traditions and a universalistic approach, is this really the case? For the first time, this exhibition aims to examine the role played by local, popular traditions—in particular handicrafts and folk art—in the development of a new artistic language by the inventors and key protagonists of the avant-garde. It is the most ambitious exhibition organized to date by the Kunstmuseen Krefeld.

As Museum Director and exhibition curator Katia Baudin underlines: “This exhibition offers a new perspective through a historical lens on issues that are acutely relevant today. Although international in focus, the exhibition’s point of departure is the museum’s history. Founded in 1897, the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum collected and exhibited from the start folk art alongside more 'noble' art forms, including the avant-garde and applied arts, in a vibrant and experimentally-oriented program.”

The exhibition does not aim to be exhaustive, rather it focuses on selected key positions associated with the birth and early development of modernism in Europe and North America. It regroups over 350 works—including seminal loans from leading European and North American museums. Aspects explored include the impacts of colonialism, peasant arts and crafts, traditional “female” handicrafts, the link between artists and their folk art collections. The exhibited works will be contextualized and supplemented by documents and archival material. The exhibition takes on the subject through an interdisciplinary prism including avant-garde architecture, dance and film.

Thus, for example, while certain artists like Wassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, and Natalia Goncharova seek to break with artistic traditions and herald in a new age, they intensively engage with the stylistic vocabulary and techniques of traditional customs and folk art from different regions. Picasso was passionate about African masks, while Gabriele Münter collected reverse glass and votive painting from Upper Bavaria, and Elie Nadelmann collected American popular art. Anni and Josef Albers set off on a quest for indigenous Mexican art.

Celebrated, Cologne-based exhibition architects mvprojekte have developed a spectacular exhibition design inspired by vernacular architecture, which underlines the curatorial path and visual dialogues between the works in a playful and visually stimulating manner. The internationally acclaimed Dutch graphic designers Mevis & van Deursen, creators of Kunstmuseen Krefeld’s visual identity, have developed a special signage for the show.

A catalogue will be published in conjunction with the exhibition by Hirmer Verlag (G/E). This richly illustrated publication will feature contributions and essays by leading, international specialists: Katia Baudin, Elina Knorpp, Paul N'Guessan-Béchié, Gerda Breuer, Valery Dymshyts, Jevgenia Iljukhina, Wolfgang Kaschuba, Ákos Moravánszky, Erik Näslund, Valerie Rousseau, and Virginia Gardner Troy.

The exhibition is part of the Centenary project “100 years of bauhaus in the west” of the Ministery for Culture and Science of the Federal State of North-Rhine Westphalia as well as the Rhineland Regional Council and the Westphalia-Lippe Regional Council. Minister Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen is the patron of the project.

Exhibition Curator: Katia Baudin, Director of Kunstmuseen Krefeld. Co-curator: Elina Knorpp, Art Historian, Cologne.

Anni Albers, Josef Albers, Theodor Bogler, Constantin Brancusi, Heinrich Campendonk, Marc Chagall, Nils Dardel, Sonia Delaunay, Johannes Driesch, Paul Gauguin, Natalia Goncharova, Marsden Hartley, Morris Hirshfield, Johannes Itten, Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Mikhail Larionov, Le Corbusier, Otto Lindig, El Lissitzky, Heinrich Macke, Kazimir Malevich, Gerhard Marcks, Gabriele Münter, Elie Nadelman, Pablo Picasso, Nico Pirosmani, Charles Sheeler, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Johan Thorn Prikker, Frank Lloyd Wright, and examples of folk art

Today's News

November 10, 2019

Napoleon's boots could sell for up to 80,000 euros

Newly discovered Artemisia work to go under hammer in Paris

Kusama arrives. It is worth your time to wait in line?

Philip Glass is too busy to care about legacy

Missing some stars, New York auctions push lesser-known artists

Early Mozart manuscript to go on sale in Paris

Soul of a Nation opens at de Young Museum

Finding himself in the Morgan

Iconic Beatles album cover photographer Freeman dies

Standing up for humanity in a world of screens

A landmark exhibition examines our inability to switch off from our 24/7 culture

Bonhams to auction 'Alligator' guitar owned and played by Jerry Garcia

Folklore & Avant-garde aims to reassess our understanding of modernism, a century after its development

Alternate Realities exhibition explores deepfakes, augmented reality and contemporary storytelling

CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art of Bordeaux opens an exhibition by Lubaina Himid

Tiancheng International sale highlights magnificent gemstones, diamonds and jadeite

Harvard Graduate School of Design opens new exhibition: Love in a Mist

Newly acquired children's book illustrations by Vladimir Radunsky now on view at Zimmerli

Philbrook hosts exhibition by prize-winning Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha

Half Dollar worth 1 million times its face value to be auctioned

The House of Illustration presents 'W. E. B. Du Bois: Charting Black Lives'

Ultra-rare poster from Beatles' final tour headlines Heritage Auctions' Entertainment Auction

Largest collection of original hand-drawn vintage Disney animation art drawings offered at Heritage Auctions

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful