The Shape of Freedom

International Abstraction after 1945

The exhibition at the Museum Barberini explores the creative interplay between Abstract Expressionism and Informal painting in transatlantic exchange and dialogue from the mid-1940s to the end of the Cold War.

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  • Morris Louis Saf Heh, 1959
    VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

    Morris Louis Saf Heh, 1959

  • Jackson Pollock Verzauberter Wald, 1947
    Pollock-Krasner-Foundation/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022 Bild: Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York (Photo: David Heald)

    Jackson Pollock Verzauberter Wald, 1947

  • Karl Otto Götz Giverny III/2, 1987
    VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022 Bild: Kunstpalast - LVR-ZMB - Stefan Arendt - Artothek

    Karl Otto Götz Giverny III/2, 1987

After the Second World War, painting went in a completely new direction. With Abstract Expressionism in the USA and Informel in Western Europe, a young generation of artists turned away from the styles of the interwar years: instead of figurative representation or geometric abstraction, they pursued an impetuously expressive approach to form, color, and material. As an expression of individual freedom, the spontaneous artistic gesture took on a symbolic charge. Large-format, two-dimensional color-field paintings created a meditative space for examining the fundamental questions of human existence.

The Form of Freedom: The new exhibition at the Museum Barberini in Potsdam

The exhibition explores the creative interplay between Abstract Expressionism and Informal painting in transatlantic exchange and dialogue from the mid-1940s to the end of the Cold War. On display are more than 90 works by some 50 artists, including Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, K. O. Götz, Lee Krasner, Georges Mathieu, Joan Mitchell, Ernst- Wilhelm Nay, Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, Judit Reigl, Mark Rothko, and Clyfford Still. Among the more than 30 international lenders are the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Tate Modern in London, the Museo nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. An exhibition of the Museum Barberini, Potsdam, and the Albertina Modern, Vienna. With the generous support of the Fondation Gandur pour l'Art, Genève.

Runtime: Sat, 04/06/2022 to Sun, 25/09/2022

Price info: Sat/Sun: € 18,00 Mon, Wed-Fri: € 16,00 Tickets can only be booked online up to four weeks in advance. Due to the high demand and the greatly reduced ticket contingent, tickets are regularly sold out very quickly. Thank you for your understanding.

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