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23.09.2016 – 09.01.201723.09.2016 – 09.01.2017Pablo Picasso">Pablo Picasso once said that he only realized »what painting is really about« when he saw the African masks at the Paris Musée d’Ethnographie. The exponents of the Expressionist artists’ group »Die Brücke« also derived inspiration from the collections of the ethnological museums for their own carvings and turned their studios into exotic refuges. However, in their quest for an ecstatic natural state they often overlooked the fact that these objects

of tribal art especially are based on strict design principles. The Dadaists liked to present themselves at times as »wild« mask wearers and sneered at the habitus of the European man of culture. The Surrealists saw the art and myths of Oceania as media for exploring hidden realms of the unconscious mind. This interest in and reception of the art of »indigenous peoples« not only provided a formal alternative to bourgeois tastes but was also a symptom

of a deep-rooted longing for a life reform.Rudolf Leopold felt that the art of so-called »primitive« ethnicities was a priori Expressionist. It is hardly surprising, therefore, that his collection comprises more than 200 rare ancestral figures, dance masks, weapons, architectural sculptures and other extraordinary works from carvers from Africa and Oceania. This high-quality collection has recently been scientifically recorded and reviewed by the ethnologist Erwin Melchardt. Under this premise, the Leopold Collection’s compilation of tribal art will be presented for the first time in its entirety. At the same time, it will enter into stimulating dialogues with works by eminent representatives of Modernism, including Pablo Picasso">Pablo Picasso, André Derain, Amedeo Modigliani, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Emil Nolde and Max Ernst.This enthusiasm shown by the exponents of Classical Modernism for »primitive« forms of art is further contemplated and questioned in the exhibition as a cultural-sociological phenomenon through examples of post-Colonial discourse in contemporary art.Curators: Erwin Melchardt, Ivan RistićBack

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28.06.2019 - 20.10.2019
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Lendkai 1
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20.09.2019 - 06.01.2020
Albertina Museum Wien
Albertinaplatz 1
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03.04.2019 - 20.10.2019
Jüdisches Museum Wien
Dorotheergasse 11
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12.03.2019 - 19.01.2020
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
Maria Theresien-Platz
Vienna

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03.04.2019 - 20.10.2019
Jüdisches Museum Wien
Dorotheergasse 11
Vienna

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17.05.2017 - 17.11.2019
Jüdisches Museum Wien
Dorotheergasse 11
Vienna

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04.10.2019 - 19.01.2020
Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz
Ernst-Koref-Promenade 1
Linz

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09.07.2019 - 14.10.2019
Kunsthaus Graz - Universalmuseum Joanneum
Lendkai 1
Graz

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06.11.2019 - 08.03.2020
Jüdisches Museum Wien
Dorotheergasse 11
Vienna

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29.05.2019 - 12.01.2020
Jüdisches Museum Wien
Dorotheergasse 11
Vienna

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29.01.2016 - 26.06.2026
Albertina Museum Wien
Albertinaplatz 1
Wien

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Foreign gods Leopold Museum Main address: Leopold Museum Museumsplatz 1 1070 Vienna, Austria Leopold Museum Museumsplatz 1 1070 Vienna, Austria 23.09.2016 – 09.01.201723.09.2016 – 09.01.2017Pablo Picasso">Pablo Picasso once said that he only realized »what painting is really about« when he saw the African masks at the Paris Musée d’Ethnographie. The exponents of the Expressionist artists’ group »Die Brücke« also derived inspiration from the collections of the ethnological museums for their own carvings and turned their studios into exotic refuges. However, in their quest for an ecstatic natural state they often overlooked the fact that these objects

of tribal art especially are based on strict design principles. The Dadaists liked to present themselves at times as »wild« mask wearers and sneered at the habitus of the European man of culture. The Surrealists saw the art and myths of Oceania as media for exploring hidden realms of the unconscious mind. This interest in and reception of the art of »indigenous peoples« not only provided a formal alternative to bourgeois tastes but was also a symptom

of a deep-rooted longing for a life reform.Rudolf Leopold felt that the art of so-called »primitive« ethnicities was a priori Expressionist. It is hardly surprising, therefore, that his collection comprises more than 200 rare ancestral figures, dance masks, weapons, architectural sculptures and other extraordinary works from carvers from Africa and Oceania. This high-quality collection has recently been scientifically recorded and reviewed by the ethnologist Erwin Melchardt. Under this premise, the Leopold Collection’s compilation of tribal art will be presented for the first time in its entirety. At the same time, it will enter into stimulating dialogues with works by eminent representatives of Modernism, including Pablo Picasso">Pablo Picasso, André Derain, Amedeo Modigliani, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Emil Nolde and Max Ernst.This enthusiasm shown by the exponents of Classical Modernism for »primitive« forms of art is further contemplated and questioned in the exhibition as a cultural-sociological phenomenon through examples of post-Colonial discourse in contemporary art.Curators: Erwin Melchardt, Ivan RistićBack
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