In fall 2018 the Guggenheim Museum will present the first major solo exhibition in the United States of the Swedish artist Hilma af Klint (1862–1944). When af Klint began creating radically abstract paintings in 1906, they were like little that had been seen before: bold, colorful, and untethered from recognizable references to the physical world. It was several years before Vasily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, Piet Mondrian, and others would take similar strides to free their own artwork of representational content. Yet af Klint never exhibited her remarkably forward-looking paintings and, convinced the world was not ready for them, stipulated that they not be shown for twenty years following her death. Ultimately, her work was not exhibited until 1986, and it is only over the past three decades that her paintings and works on paper have received serious attention. Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future will offer an opportunity to experience af Klint’s artistic achievements in the Guggenheim’s rotunda more than a century after she began her daring work. The exhibition will feature more than 160 of af Klint’s artworks and focus on the artist’s breakthrough years, 1906–20. It is during this period that she began to produce nonobjective and stunningly imaginative paintings, creating a singular body of work that invites a reevaluation of modernism and its development. The exhibition is curated by Tracey Bashkoff, Director of Collections and Senior Curator, with the assistance of David Horowitz, Curatorial Assistant, and is organized with the cooperation of the Hilma af Klint Foundation, Stockholm. In conjunction with Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future, the museum will present the thirty-fourth chapter of paintings by R. H. Quaytman, whose abiding interest in af Klint extends back to 1989. In these new works, Quaytman will engage af Klint’s aesthetic language and spiritually charged subject matter.
Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future is supported in part by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, the Robert Lehman Foundation, and The American-Scandinavian Foundation. The Leadership Committee for this exhibition, chaired by Maire and Carl Gustaf Ehrnrooth, Trustee, is gratefully acknowledged for its support. The catalogue for this exhibition is supported in part by Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund.
Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989), one of the most critically acclaimed, yet controversial American artists of the late twentieth century, is represented in great depth in the Guggenheim’s collection. In 1993 the museum received a generous gift of approximately two hundred photographs and unique objects from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, creating one of the most comprehensive public repositories in the world of this important artist’s work. In 2019, thirty years after the artist’s death, the Guggenheim will celebrate the sustained legacy of his work with a yearlong exhibition conceived in two sequential parts in the Mapplethorpe Gallery on Tower Level 4.
The first phase of the exhibition will feature an installation of highlights from the Guggenheim’s rich collection of Mapplethorpe holdings, including selections from the artist’s early Polaroids, collages, and mixed-media constructions to his iconic, classicizing photographs of male and female nudes, flowers, and statuary; his portraits of artists, celebrities, and acquaintances; his more explicit depictions of the S&M underground; and some of his best-known self-portraits. The second phase will address the artist’s resounding impact on the field of contemporary portraiture and self-representation. It will feature contemporary artists from the Guggenheim’s collection who either actively engage with and reference Mapplethorpe’s work or whose approach to picturing the body and exploring identity through portraiture finds resonances in Mapplethorpe’s oeuvre. This yearlong exhibition program will celebrate the full range of Mapplethorpe’s extraordinary artistic contributions as well as the impact of the Foundation’s gift on the museum’s photography collection and collecting practices.
This full-rotunda exhibition celebrates the institution’s extensive twentieth-century holdings through the intervention of six contemporary artists, all of whom have contributed to shaping the museum’s history with their own pivotal solo shows. Curated by Paul Chan (b. 1973, Hong Kong), Cai Guo-Qiang (b. 1957, Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China), Jenny Holzer (b. 1950, Gallipolis, Ohio), Julie Mehretu (b. 1970, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), Richard Prince (b. 1949, Canal Zone, Panama), and Carrie Mae Weems (b. 1953, Portland, Oregon), this presentation brings together collection highlights and rarely seen works from the turn of the century to 1980. Creating unique and critical dialogues with the Guggenheim’s history and the history of modern and contemporary art, these artists will each interpret the collection through their own individual perspectives. The exhibition will include over one hundred paintings, sculptures, and works on paper that engage with the cultural discourse of their time—from the utopian aspirations of early modernism, to the formal explorations of mid-century abstraction, to the sociopolitical debates of the 1960s and ’70s, with each curated section providing a distinctive opportunity for new interpretations of the collection. The selection will be accompanied by archival material relating to the artists’ works on view. Organized by Nancy Spector, Artistic Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator, with a team of curators, and coinciding with the sixtieth anniversary of the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright–designed building, this will be the first artist-curated exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum.
Founded in 1996, the Hugo Boss Prize is a biennial award administered by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum that honors significant achievement in contemporary art. Selected by a jury of international curators and critics chaired by Nancy Spector, Artistic Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, the finalists for the twelfth iteration of the prize are Bouchra Khalili, Simone Leigh, Teresa Margolles, Emeka Ogboh, Frances Stark, and Wu Tsang. The prize-winner will be announced on October 18, 2018, and a solo exhibition of the winning artist’s work will be presented at the Guggenheim in the spring of 2019. A publication featuring essays discussing each artist’s practice will be released in advance of the announcement. Previous recipients of the prize include Matthew Barney (1996), Douglas Gordon (1998), Marjetica Potrč (2000), Pierre Huyghe (2002), Rirkrit Tiravanija (2004), Tacita Dean (2006), Emily Jacir (2008), Hans-Peter Feldmann (2010), Danh Vo (2012), Paul Chan (2014), and Anicka Yi (2016). The Hugo Boss Prize 2018 is organized by Susan Thompson, Associate Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and is made possible by HUGO BOSS.
The Guggenheim Museum will collaborate with architect and urbanist Rem Koolhaas and AMO, the think tank of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), on this exhibition. Extending work already underway by AMO / Koolhaas and students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Countryside: Future of the World will present speculations about tomorrow through insights into the countryside of today. Following decades of urban triumphalism, in which much of architectural production and thinking has focused on development and audiences in metropolitan areas, the exhibition posits that rural territories are undergoing more radical reorganizations. Exploring this frontier, which has largely remained unexamined by city-focused architects, the exhibition will examine artificial intelligence and automation, the effects of genetic experimentation, political radicalization, mass and micro migration, large-scale territorial management, human-animal ecosystems, subsidies and tax incentives, the impact of the digital on the physical world, and other developments that are altering landscapes across the globe. Countryside: Future of the World is organized by Troy Conrad Therrien, Curator of Architecture and Digital Initiatives, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, in collaboration with Rem Koolhaas, Founding Partner, OMA; and Samir Bantal, Director, AMO. Ashley Mendelsohn, Assistant Curator, Architecture and Digital Initiatives, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, provides curatorial support.
Image on top: Hilma af Klint
The Ten Largest, No. 7., Adulthood, Group IV, 1907
Tempera on paper mounted on canvas, 315 x 235 cm
Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk.
Photo: Albin Dahlström/Moderna Museet.
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