Radically impulsive, grand gestures, rich colours: new exhibition The Shape of Freedom at Museum Barberini presents icons and hitherto rarely seen works of international abstract painting after 1945, including Jackson Pollock’s famous ‘Drip Paintings’ and works by his contemporaries such as Sam Francis, Mark Rothko and Helen Frankenthaler.
The Potsdam exhibition juxtaposes the greats of Abstract Expressionism in the USA with works by the stars of European Informel: Jean Debuffet, K.O. Götz and Natalia Dumitresco. Previously considered primarily as two independent movements, curator Daniel Zamani highlights these developments of new, radical artistic expression as a transatlantic dialogue. The show also explicitly highlights the influence of female artists on both continents.
The over thirty international lenders include the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Tate in London, the Museo nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.
- The Shape of Freedom. International Abstraction after 1945 Museum Barberini, Humboldtstraße 5-6, Potsdam, Mon-Fri 9-18, Sat + Sun 10-15, through September 5, 2022