MODEM hosts an internationally unique exhibition

For the first time in almost 50 years the unique exhibition entitled “Abstraction-Création” will be held at the MODEM Center for Modern and Contemporary Art in Debrecen.

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For the first time in almost 50 years the unique exhibition entitled “Abstraction-Création” will be held at the MODEM Center for Modern and Contemporary Art in Debrecen. The exhibition opens on October 3rd, 2021. 

The 1,500 m2 exhibition will focus on the world-famous Abstraction-Création, the largest official non-figurative grouping ever. The artifacts of the exhibition, which features nearly 100 works, come from museums such as the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Galerie Le Minotaure in Paris, the Viennese mummies, the Belvedere in Vienna, or the Musée d’arts de Nantes in Nantes. Abstraction-Création presents to the audience images and sculptures of world-famous artists such as Vasily Kandinsky, Jean Helion, Alexander Calder, Auguste Herbin, František Kupka, or Jean Arp, and more. This exhibition is the first in Hungary to also represent the work of world-famous Hungarians, including László Moholy-Nagy, Alfred Reth or Étienne Beöthy, and well-known avant-garde artists such as Lajos Tihanyi and Ferenc Martyn in the medium of the Abstraction-Création in Paris.

The curator of the exhibition is Dr. Flóra Mészáros, the art historian.

Abstraction-Création was a company of nearly 100 people, joined by artists from more than 20 countries, attracting major abstract figures from around the world in the 1930s.

Almost 50 years after the MoMA in New York and then the Abstraction-Création exhibitions at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris, this will be the first large-scale exhibition on the subject, which, incidentally, will reveal entirely new research results. Furthermore, this is the first modern exhibition to be held in Hungary, which is based on borrowings and several years of renowned research on an international topic by a Hungarian art historian.  

The curator of the exhibition and the project manager Dr. Flóra Mészáros is an art historian who has a doctorate in the subject at the Sorbonne in Paris. This presentation summarizes the almost one and a half decades of innovative research results of the organizer of the exhibition, in conjunction with MODEM, the exhibition has been three years in the making.

Two-thirds of the exhibition, which features nearly 100 works , is based on foreign collections and institutions. Our partners include the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Galerie Le Minotaure in Paris, the mummies in Vienna, the Belvedere in Vienna or the Musée d’arts de Nantes in Nantes, etc. In addition, works from six Hungarian collections and museums arrive. The audience can see pictures and sculptures of world-famous artists of the Abstraction-Création, such as Vasily Kandinsky, Jean Helion, Alexander Calder, Auguste Herbin, František Kupka, or Jean Arp, and so on.   The exhibition is the first in Hungary to represent the work of our world-famous Hungarians, including László Moholy-Nagy, Alfred Reth or Étienne Beöthy, and our renowned avant-garde artists such as Lajos Tihanyi and Ferenc Martyn in the medium of the Abstraction-Création in Paris. The exhibition, on the other hand, shows Hungarian artists as international artists.

An extra sensation of the exhibition is that MODEM has undertaken the restoration and framing of the works of several famous institutions ( Musée d’art moderne et contemporain de Saint-Étienne; Center Georges Pompidou). The large-scale international material is accompanied by a sophisticated catalog of studies by world-renowned art historians.

The exhibition awaits those interested between October 3rd and January 30th, 2021 at the Modem – Center for Modern and Contemporary Art in Debrecen.