Bilbao, 15 June 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is inaugurating the exhibition “Painterly Abstraction, 1949-1969: Selections from the Guggenheim Collections”, running until 8 July 2012.
The exhibition explores the major trends in European and American art by focusing on two decades of artistic production. With more than eighty works by sixty artists, the exhibition examines the similarities between the diverse forms of artistic expression. The artworks are from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and the Guggenheim Bilbao’s permanent collection. The majority of the paintings on exhibition were acquired by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum during James Johnson Sweeney’s tenure as director (1952 to 1960). Since its inauguration in 1997, the Guggenheim Bilbao has been using artworks from this period as a reference point in its collections.
Abstract art developed immensely during the Cold War. In reaction to the millions of deaths during the Second World War and the ascension of existential philosophy, European artists turned to a more hybrid and synthetic artistic technique to mark a departure from the utopic and experimental values of the previous generation.
Painting in the United States became highly expressive. Like the creators of Art Informel, the Abstract and Impressionist artists were mostly interested in the process of creating art and examining their subconscious and emotions.