Avant-Gardes
The collection of the Triton Foundation

Oct. 7, 2012 – Jan. 20, 2013 Deze tentoonstelling is afgelopen
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Picasso, Femme en Corset Lisant un Livre
1914-1917
The Kunsthal Rotterdam presents in the year of its twentieth anniversary a remarkable exhibition entitled ‘Avant-Gardes', comprising works from the Triton Foundation collection. This exhibition marks the very first public showing of the carefully and lovingly assembled Triton Collection. Over the last twenty years, this private collection has developed into one with an international reputation and which comprises representative works by the most important and influential artists of the late nineteenth century to the present day.

In close collaboration with the Triton Foundation, over a hundred and fifty works of international top quality have been selected from over one hundred different artists from the vanguard, avant-garde and Western art movements. Works can be seen by great innovators such as Marcel Duchamp, Piet Mondriaan and Yves Klein, as well as other avant-gardists who departed from the prevailing artistic rules adhered to by their predecessors and went on to experiment with new forms of expression. These artists include George Braque, Francis Picabia, Willem de Kooning, Elsworth Kelly, Frank Stella and many others. Enhanced with works by great masters such as Vincent van Gogh, the Avant-Gardes exhibition offers a comprehensive overview of developments in modern art.

Visual Associations across Time

The exhibition comprises works from almost every significant art movement, from Impressionist work to the Expressionism of Max Beckmann and the Cubist imagery of Juan Gris. Work can also be seen by artists from lesser known movements such as Les Nabis, which included Pierre Bonnard, and by the Russian Constructivists Wassily Kandinsky and El Lissitsky. Visual associations and unusual combinations of paintings, drawings and images featuring similarities in style, material or character serve as the leitmotif of this exhibition. Such combinations allow the exhibition to illustrate the unlimited scope and expressiveness of visual art across time. Examples include a modest selection of works by Bonnard and Hans Bellmer, a surprising combination of pieces by Emil Nolde and Alex Katz, and the odd but appealing couple that Andy Warhol and Marc Quinn make. 

Trition Founcation

In close collaboration with the Triton Foundation, over a hundred and fifty works of international top quality have been selected from over one hundred different artists from the vanguard, avant-garde and Western art movements. Works can be seen by great innovators such as Marcel Duchamp, Piet Mondriaan and Yves Klein, as well as other avant-gardists who departed from the prevailing artistic rules adhered to by their predecessors and went on to experiment with new forms of expression. These artists include George Braque, Francis Picabia, Willem de Kooning, Elsworth Kelly, Frank Stella and many others. Enhanced with works by great masters such as Vincent van Gogh, the Avant-Gardes exhibition offers a comprehensive overview of developments in modern art.

08) Maurice de Vlaminck, Chaville, l’Etang de l’Ursine,.jpg
Maurice de Vlaminck, Chaville, l’Etang de l’Ursine

Lecture

In support of the exhibition Avant-Gardes, art historian Sjraar van Heugten will give a lecture on the Triton Collection on Sunday 7 October at 11.30h. 
 

14) Lucio Fontana, Concetto Spaziale, Atesse, (Ruimtelijke conceptie, verwachtingen), 1964.jpg
Lucio Fontana, Concetto Spaziale, Atesse, (Spatial Concept, Expectations), 1964

Publication

The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive book that includes an overview of all the works in the Triton Collection. The book was published byMercatorfonds (publisher of art books) and deals with the history of Western art using the works from the collection (text written by art historian Sjraar van Heugten).

For visitors to the exhibition, a booklet is available (in Dutch and English) with background information about the exhibition and a large number of works.

01) Pierre Bonnard, Portrait de l'artiste par lui-meme, 1930.jpg
Pierre Bonnard, Portrait de l'artiste par lui-meme, 1930
02) Vincent van Gogh, Vaas met Korenbloemen, madeliefjes, papaver en anjers, 1886-87.jpg
Vincent van Gogh, Vaas met Korenbloemen, madeliefjes, papaver en anjers, (Vase with Cornflowers, Daisies, Poppies, and Carnations), 1886-87
05) Picasso, Femme en Corset Lisant un Livre (Lezende Vrouw in een Korset),1914-1917.jpg
Picasso, Femme en Corset Lisant un Livre (Woman in a Corset Reading a Book),1914-1917