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On display: 'Modernism in Changing Times'
Bechtler features works by Warhol, Picasso, Calder
Published Tuesday, September 3, 2013 10:00 pm
by Staff Reports

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Lynn Chadwick's "Two Dancing Figures," a lithograph on paper created in 1968, is currently on display as part of the Bechtler Museum's "Modernism in Changing Times" exhibit.

The exhibition “Modernism in Changing Times: Works form 1968” opened at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Aug. 30 and will run through Jan. 24.

The show presents works from the Bechtler collection that were created in 1968 and surrounding years. On view for the first time in the museum are works by Hockney, Picasso, Calder, Chagall, Chadwick and other artists.

“We are once again dipping into the collection from a purely chronological perspective and have selected a point in time – 1968 – that represents a period of exceptionally successful collecting on the part of the Bechtler family,” said Bechtler President and CEO John Boyer.

With this exhibition, the Bechtler illustrates the breadth of contemporary art in 1968 from pop art with Warhol and Lichtenstein to realism, figural art and landscape with Hockney, Chagall and Gladwell.

The 101 works include sculptures, paintings, prints, artist books and textiles representing some of the leading art movements of the 1960s including post-painterly abstraction, op art, kinetic art and concrete art.

Figurative works are a predominant theme with more than 50 pieces illustrating references to the real world and to the human figure in particular. Also of special interest are the many artworks related to literature including woodcut prints by Max Gubler based on the Ernest Hemingway novel “The Old Man and the Sea” and linocuts by Hansjürg Brunner based on the 19th century novella, “The Black Spider.”

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Bechtler will present a limited film series, “Films of 1968: Style, Revolution and the Future” kicking off with “Planet of the Apes” on Sept. 29.

Additional exhibition-related events, such as Jazz at the Bechtler and Modern Mondays, are scheduled throughout the year. Visit www.Bechtler.org for a complete listing of events and ticket information.


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