Explosion! Painting as action, a new exhibition opening 2 June at Stockholm's Moderna Museet, presents works by 50 artists from the late 1940s to today.
Taking off where modernism ends, the exhibition focuses on a generation of artists that began seeing themselves not as painters or sculptors but simply as artists, who regarded all materials and subjects as potential art. Much of the new art of the period — happenings, performance and conceptualism — sprang from new approaches to painting. "In Explosion, we want to explore the performative and conceptual elements in painting," notes exhibition curator Magnus af Petersens, "and the painterly elements in conceptualism and performance."
The exhibition runs from Jackson Pollock's drip paintings, via John Cage's fascination for chance as a method for creating art, to performance and contemporary conceptual approaches. Comprising paintings, photos, videos, performance, dance and audio works, the exhibition will also feature instructions, and pieces that invite audience participation.
Through 9 September 2012
Explosion! Painting as Action