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"Vision and Reality - Conceptions of the 20th Century"
2000-09-21 until 2001-01-14
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Vision and Reality is Louisianas grand story of the 20th century. On the
occasion of the new millenium, the museum takes a backward look in the
exhibition extending throughout most of the museum. This exhibition is
Louisianas contribution to Kulturbro 2000, a collaborative cultural project
of the Oresund region.
Louisianas story of the 20th century falls into chapters linking
contemporary and classical modern art. Its point of departure is the great
20th-century avant-garde movements: Russian Constructivism, Futurism
and De Stijl/Bauhaus – represented by a large number of classical
modern works. Each of these three movements radically rethought
fundamental phenomena such as space, motion, man and form, and
posed the question: what is happening to space and our spatial
orientationNULL The preoccupation of avant-garde movements with the life of
modern man in a new world led to artistic redefinitions – new visual
idioms, new concepts of form and colour – as well as new directions in
architecture and design – concrete ways of adapting to this changed
Hence, Vision and Reality is not simply an art exhibit. It also focuses on
the dialogue between art and architecture, and includes sculpture,
installations and interactive works by a number of contemporary artists.
The modern classics are presented alongside recent works – in an
interplay between genres and –isms – showing how contemporary visual
artists and architects have developed the great visionary potential of the
first decades of the century. These juxtapositions include: El Lissitzky and
Frank Stella, Iakov Chernikhov and Richard Rogers, Piet Mondrian and
Dan Flavin, Nicolas Schöffer and Mona Hatoum, Aleksandr Rodchenko
and Jane and Louise Wilson.
Louisiana has succeeded in securing a great many major works of
classical modernism for the exhibition, including a fine selection of works
by Oskar Schlemmer and Wassily Kandinsky. Furthermore, several new
installations have been created especially for this show.