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Based largely around works from the Guggenheim Collections in New York and Bilbao, this exhibition explores the leading trends in American and European painting in the 1950s and 60s. In the United States, the postwar period witnessed the appearance of an American avant-garde with international repercussions, through movements like Abstract Expressionism and Color Field Painting. In Europe, Tachisme and Art Informel shared the tendency of Abstract Expressionism to reject traditional forms of composition in favor of a more gestural painting.

Introduction Based mainly around works in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Collections, this exhibition explores the most important trends in US and European art in the 1950s and 1960s, revealing the surprising affinities in art on both continents. In the United States, the postwar period saw the appearance of its first internationally influential avant-garde movements, with the appearance of Abstract Expressionism, Colorfield painting, and Pop Art. In Europe, the CoBrA group, the Tachisme, and Art Informel shared Abstract Expressionism's tendency to reject traditional forms of composition in favor of more gestural painting. Included in the exhibition are works by major artists like Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Rauschenberg, Karel Appel, Alberto Burri, Antoni Tàpies, Yves Klein, Jean Tinguely, and Piero Manzoni, among others.

Painterly Abstraction, 1949-1969
Selections from the Guggenheim Collections

Künstler: Pierre Alechinsky, Karel Appel, Alberto Burri, Lucio Fontana, Helen Frankenthaler, Hans Hofmann, Willem De Kooning, Ellsworth Kelly, Yves Klein, Morris Louis, Piero Manzoni, Conrad Marca-Relli, Kenneth Noland, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko, Frank Stella, Clyfford Still, Antoni Tàpies, Jean Tinguely, Victor Vasarely ...