Rotterdam. An exhibition on how to display an exhibition

"Art on Display 1949-69" is dedicated to some of the most important postwar installations, with 1:1 reconstructions by masters such as Carlo Scarpa, Franco Albini, and Lina Bo Bardi.

“Art on Display 1949-69”, an art show designed by the architect Jo Taillieu and inaugurated in Rotterdam on October 4, is an exhibition itinerary that focuses less on the works of art itself and more on the way they are presented. The exhibition brings together some of the most progressive post-war exhibition projects in the form of 1:1 reconstructions: Carlo Scarpa, Franco Albini and Franca Helg, Lina Bo Bardi, Aldo van Eyck, Alison and Peter Smithson.

Alison en Peter Smithson. Painting & Sculpture of a Decade 54-64. Interior view: sculpture Le Canonnier by Robert Müller, painting Red Ground by Rodrigo Moynihan. Tentoonstelling Tate Gallery, London, 1964. Photo Sandra Lousada. Smithson Family Collection

The period 1949-1969 was characterized by the search for a new relationship between art and the public, outlining new roles for art and cultural institutions. For example, the exhibition partially reworks Bo Bardi's famous 1968 exhibition project. The radical set up for the collection of the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) was a grid of over 100 easels, an experiment born with the aim of freeing the museum from its sacred atmosphere.

The exhibition includes works from the 18th and 19th centuries from the private collection of the Anglo-Armenian businessman and philanthropist Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian – never before exhibited in Holland – and works by Portuguese and British modern artists, including Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Terry Frost and John Hoyland, from the Modern Collection.

Exhibition title:
Art on Display 1949-69
Exhibition project:
Jo Taillieu
Opening dates:
from the 4th October 2020 to the 7th March 2021
Het Nieuwe Instituut Museumpark 25 3015 CB Rotterdam

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