Metzinger and Seliger TOGETHER


This time I would like to write about the opening that was taking place last friday at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice at 7.00 pm

CYCLING CUBO-FUTURISM and the FOURTH DIMENSION of Jean Metzinger and SEEING THE WORLD WITHIN Charles Selinger in the 1940s. Two of the most recognized artists in the Cubism and Surrealism movement.

The exhibition centers on Jean Metzinger’s At the Cycle-Race Track (Au Vélodrome) of 1912, one of the pivotal Cubist works at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. It brings together two other paintings and a drawing by Metzinger on the same theme, in addition to several other paintings on the theme of cycling. Like Metzinger’s painting, the exhibition unites a passion for the sport of cycle-racing with an inquiry into the nature of the 4th dimension, which was much discussed in Metzinger’s circle. Racing cycles, old and new, will be on show, as well as Einstein’s bicycle, illustrating the theory of relativity. Photographic material of the Roubaix vélodrome, racing cycles old and new, and related ephemera will be presented, in addition to a new sculpture about time by contemporary Swiss artist Paul Wiedmer. (source: http://www.guggenheim-venice.it/inglese/exhibitions/mostre.php?tipo=2)


In other hand, the painting of Charles Seliger (1926-2009) focuses on the first decade of his career, when his work was inspired by European Surrealism, which had shifted its centre of activities from Paris to New York. More than thirty of his best paintings from the 1940s (from both public and private collections) trace Seliger’s origins as an artist, and explore the route by which he arrived at his mature style in the early 1950s. Peggy Guggenheim gave Seliger his first solo exhibition, in 1945 at Art of This Century, New York. Organized by The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC, USA. (source: http://www.guggenheim-venice.it/inglese/exhibitions/mostre.php?tipo=2)

On view through September 16th, 2012.

By Claudia Arriaga


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