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COMING: METAHAVEN PROJECTS 2010-2014
17.01 - 16.03 2014
Metahaven is the fifth recipient of the Cobra Art Prize. Metahaven is a perfect example of design practice that, in the spirit of CoBrA, breaks down barriers between disciplines, promotes cross-pollination, and deploys art critically in society on the basis of utopian considerations. In this exhibition, Metahaven offers an overview of projects it has undertaken in recent years. In addition, specially for the exhibition, it will make a film inspired by New Babylon by Constant Nieuwenhuijs.
The Cobra Museum of Modern Art is an art destination unto itself. The museum combines a beautiful architecture with a permanent presentation of master pieces by the avant-garde artists of the Cobra movement.
FROM AUGUST 10 ON: HUNDERTWASSER, THE STRAIGHT LINE IS GODLESS
Cobra Museum Sheds New Light on Hundertwasser.
From 9 August through 5 January, the Cobra Museum of Modern Art hosts a surprising exhibition of the early work of Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928 Vienna-2000, in international waters aboard the Queen Elizabeth II). This exhibition, recently at the Museum Belvedere in Vienna, presents the early and perhaps somewhat forgotten Hundertwasser. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Hundertwasser lived in Japan, where he studied Zen Buddhism and applied its philosophy to his work. This early work is characterized by endless circular and twisted lines and horror vacui. For Hundertwasser, the straight line was ‘godless’. The works in this exhibition are from numerous private and prominent museum collections, including the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice. There are no fewer than 40 works by Hundertwasser, as well as 20 works by such artists as Dubuffet, Fontana, Klein, Manzoni, Tajiri, Constant, Corneille, Arnulf Rainer and the Japanese artists Sugai, Kito, Hiroshige, Hokusai, Takamatsu and Atsuko Tanaka, of whom Hundertwasser knew some personally. Hundertwasser was a close friend of Tajiri, who was an important influence on his work. This exhibition therefore also clarifies Hundertwasser's relationship to the ideas of the Cobra movement.
The renewed interest in Hundertwasser goes hand-in-hand with interest in ideas on alternative social forms and relationships between man and nature in a technological, capitalist society.
For the Cobra Museum of Modern Art, this is a significant exhibition. It underscores the museum's expanding reputation and international ambitions. It also reveals how the ideas of the Cobra artists connected to those of their contemporaries. Indeed, works by Corneille and Constant from international collections are also 'coming home', as it were, as part of this Hundertwasser exhibition.
Studio Hundertwasser is a programme of associated activities at the Cobra Museum, with lectures, educational activities and workshops further investigating the ideas and contemporary relevance of Hundertwasser's work.
THE EXPERIMENTAL JOURNEY
Presentation of the Cobra collection in 3 parts.
The Cobra Museum of Modern Art is pleased to have received a number of new works in 2013, donated to the museum or on long-term loan. They date from 1945 to 1974 and include works by Cobra artists and their contemporaries. This presentation shows the breadth of the museum collection, the diversity of artists and the experimental power of their work, before, during and after the Cobra years (1948-1951). This presentation of the collection shows the experimental drive of the Cobra movement, which from its foundation in 1948 included poets, writers and visual artists. The great need to experiment came from the members' deep-rooted belief in a free society, which they described and promoted in various manifestoes and articles.
The museum shows now this story in 3 parts.
1. THE EXPERIMENTAL JOURNEY WAS IDEALISTIC
2. THE EXPERIMENTAL JOURNEY WAS MULTIMEDIAL AND CROSS-DISCIPLINARY
3. THE EXPERIMENTAL JOURNEY BEGAN IN DENMARK