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Van Doesburg and the International Avant-Garde @ Tate Modern

テート・モダンの「Van Doesburg and the International Avant-Garde」は、ヨーロッパにおけるアバンギャルドの重要人物であるオランダ人アーティスト、テオ・ファン・ドースブルフをテーマとした、イギリス初の大規模な展覧会。デ・ステイルの発起人でもあるファン・ドースブルフは、アート、デザイン、著作活動、詩、建築等多方面で活躍した。アーティスト、建築家、デザイナーたちが参加したこのアート・ムーブメントは、第一次大戦後のヨーロッパに、精神的ハーモニーと秩序を打ち立てると言う新しいユートピア的な理想を追求、垂直と水平という厳密な幾何学をベースにしたインターナショナル・スタイルを押し進めた。この展覧会は、ファン・ドースブルフのオランダ新造形主義の推進者的役割、彼のダダイスト的パーソナリティ、バウハウスへの影響、国際構成主義とのつながり、そして「コンクリート・アート」グループの創設にスポットを当てている。ジャン・アルプコンスタンティン・ブランクーシモホリ=ナジ・ラースローピエト・モンドリアンフランシス・ピカビアヘリット・リートフェルトクルト・シュヴィッタースゾフィー・トイバー等の350点以上の作品の他、ファン・ドースブルフの、ストラスブールにあるCafé Aubetteの絵画とデザイン、家具、タイポグラフィー、雑誌、ステンドグラス、映画、音楽、彫刻等を展示している。


Van Doesburg and the International Avant-Garde” at Tate Modern is the first major UK exhibition, devoted to the Dutch artist Theo van Doesburg, pivotal figure of the European avant-garde. Van Doesburg, who practiced in art, design and writing, poetry and architecture, founded the movement and magazine De Stijl. This artistic movement of painters, architects and designers sought to build a new utopian ideal of spiritual harmony and order in the aftermath of World War I, advocating an international style of art and design, based on a strict geometry of horizontals and verticals. This exhibition explores van Doesburg’s role as promoter of Dutch Neoplasticism, his Dada personality, his efforts to influence the Bauhaus, his links with international Constructivists, and his creation of the group Art Concret. Including over 350 works by key artists as Jean Arp, Constantin Brancusi, László Moholy-Nagy, Piet Mondrian, Francis Picabia, Gerrit Rietveld, Kurt Schwitters and Sophie Taeuber, the exhibition features van Doesburg’s Counter-Composition paintings and designs for the Café Aubette in Stasbourg, as well as furniture, typography, magazines, stained glass, film, music, sculpture etc.

Van Doesburg’s works are kind of gloomy and weak, and I was not so impressed. But the exhibition includes a variety of works by great artists and designers who were influenced by the movement, is quite spectacular. Simple, colorful, and powerful works are still modern and strong, after more than 80 years – I can still feel the energy, and passion of the artists and designers of the art movement that affected the lifestyle and values during the period in turmoil between WWI and WWII. Although van Doesburg had never gained high recognition as an artist in compare to his fellowmen such as Mondrian, but his leadership and efforts to spread his ideal to whole Europe, which led the movement to great success, are the significant achievement that deserves great recognition.


*I didn’t notice that the lens of my camera was dirty, and I couldn’t take a good picture today…sorry!

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