Willem de Kooning<br/>
Dutch/American 1904-97<br/>
<em>... Whose Name Was Writ in Water</em> 1975<br/>
oil on canvas<br/>
195 x 223 cm <br/>
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York<br/>
© Willem de Kooning/ARS, New York. Licensed by VISCOPY Australia

Guggenheim Collection: 1940s to Now

New York–Venice–Bilbao–Berlin

NGV International

30 Jun 07 – 7 Oct 07

The National Gallery of Victoria’s next Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series exhibition presents postwar and contemporary art from the worldwide collections of the famous Guggenheim Museum.

While the majority of the presentation is drawn from the holdings of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, select masterpieces from other Guggenheim collections in Venice, Bilbao, and Berlin are also featured.

Guggenheim Collection: 1940s to Now, features iconic artworks from the 1940s to the present by internationally renowned artists such as Jackson Pollock, Alberto Giacometti, Mark Rothko, Dan Flavin, Jeff Koons and Cindy Sherman, and also introduces some new names to Australian audiences such as Sarah Anne Johnson and Suling Wang. A selection of the Guggenheim’s recent acquisitions are also to premier here in Melbourne.

This exhibition highlights the stimulating and complex relationships between artworks of diverse movements, eras and media. It encompasses an epoch in which research was vital, ideas were rapidly challenged and exchanged, and the impact of the Second World War and its attendant crises was witnessed world wide: socially, politically and culturally.

The conjunction of these works by so many seminal artists will resonate with the breadth of attitudes and rich possibilities being examined by western art practitioners of the late 20th and 21st centuries.

Guggenheim Collection: 1940s to Now is exclusive to the National Gallery of Victoria and will not travel to any other Australian city, or anywhere else in the world.