Expressionism Without Limits: From Van Gogh To Kandinsky

Grace Piney

Los Angeles County Museum of Art takes expressionism beyond its borders. Not only a German-born expression, the movement also found a home in France.


Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky is the title of the exhibition that will be on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) from June 8 to September 14, 2014. This is the first time a major museum shows expressionism, not as a distinctly German style, but as an international movement in which artists responded with different aesthetic approaches to the work of modern masters such as Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cézanne and Paul Gauguin. More art and culture.

Expressionism without limits

Among other pieces, the exhibition includes 90 paintings and 45 works on paper by over 40 post-impressionist, fauvist and cubist artists such as Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Robert Delaunay and Paul Signac as well as expressionist painters such Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Franz Marc and Gabrielle Münter.

LACMA has one of the largest art collections in the United States, estimated at more than 120,000 pieces. The works range from ancient to contemporary and include Asian, Latin American (works from the pre-Columbian period) and Islamic art. The Museum´s collection shows continuous growth.

Expressionism without limits

“This exhibition, ‘Expressionism in Germany and France: from Van Gogh to Kandinsky‘, offers a unique opportunity to observe how a generation of artists was influenced by some of the biggest names in the history of modern art,” explains Timothy O. Benson, curator of the LACMA exhibit. “Visitors will appreciate the cultural wealth and the cosmopolitan atmosphere established by the numerous exhibitions, the collectors, curators and critics and, equally important, by the artists of the era— many of whom traveled between Paris and Germany—and how this cultural environment transcended national boundaries.”

Expressionism without limits

This one-of-a-kind show is a collaboration between various museums and cultural institutions in the United States, France, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, as well as private collections, which have loaned many of the pieces. Following the display at LACMA, the exhibition will be presented in Canada, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, from October 6 to January 25, 2015.

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