National Gallery of Australia, American Masters 1940–1980, 24 August–11 November 2018
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Bauhaus Nederland, 9 February–26 May 2019
2018 Canberra, Australia
American Masters 1940–1980 examines how European émigrés such as Marcel Duchamp, Henri Matisse, and Josef Albers influenced a generation of young Americans to challenge local traditions and reinvent modern art. It also highlights the sensational international impact of the era's major artists, including Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Chuck Close, Donald Judd, Eva Hesse, and Louise Bourgeois. The exhibition features works from the NGA's collection of American art, including its world-class holdings of paintings and works on paper by the New York School, most famously Pollock's Blue poles, Sol Lewitt's huge wall drawing (remade for the show) and a selection of spectacular light works by Dan Flavin, Bruce Nauman, Keith Sonnier, and James Turrell.
Bauhaus Nederland considers the influence of the Bauhaus in the Netherlands as well as the reciprocal influence of Dutch art and architecture on the development of the Bauhaus. In the interwar years, Rotterdam was the Dutch city in which modernism was most prominently expressed in architecture and design. For this exhibition, the museum's collection is augmented with loans from other collections at home and abroad. The two-way inspiration between the Netherlands and the Bauhaus is illustrated through artworks, furniture, ceramics, textiles, industrial design, photography, typography and architecture. The exhibition begins at the turn of the twentieth century and continues through 1968, featuring 200 works from three main Bauhaus periods. 2019 marks the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus, the innovative German art and design school which ran from 1919 to 1933.