INVENTING ABSTRACTION Exhibition Opens at MoMA Today

The exhibition takes a transnational perspective, and includes work by artists from across Eastern and Western Europe and the United States, such as Hans Arp (German/French, 1886- 1966), Fernand Léger (French, 1881-1955), El Lissitzky (Russian, 1890-1941), Kazimir Malevich (Russian, 1879-1935), Piet Mondrian (Dutch, 1872-1944), and many others.

From the start, abstraction was an international phenomenon, with ideas, images, and people traveling across borders through a new modern media and exhibition culture. Its pioneers were far more closely linked than is generally known. Highlights in Inventing Abstraction include Kandinsky's Composition V, his most ambitious early abstract work; an important sequence of Mondrian paintings that traces the development of his work from his famous Tree pictures of 1912 to a group of superb early Neo-Plastic paintings; works by Malevich documented in his display at the landmark "0.10" exhibition held in Petrograd in 1915; a group of early rare works by avant- garde artists Katarzyna Kobro (Polish, 1898-1951) and W?adys?aw Strzemi?ski (Polish, 1893- 1952), calligramme poems by Guillaume Apollinaire (French, 1880-1918), dance notations by Rudolf von Laban (Hungarian, 1879-1958) and musical scores by Arnold Schoenberg (Austrian, 1874-1951).

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