Monday, January 12, 2015

The Rise of Modernism at The Nelson

Egon Schiele

We took at field trip to Kansas City to view the Nelson-Atkins Museum's exhibition The Rise of Modernism.  This show contains two rooms packed full of some of our favorite artists and includes works of German expressionism, French cubism,  and Italian Futurism. It opened on December 17 and runs through July 19, 2015.

As we stroll through the galleries, we hear music of the era piped in.  Sprinkled with paintings are a tea service designed by Margaret Heymann-Lobenstein and woodcuts by Kathe Kollwitz.  We see a figurative work by Egon Schiele.

Kathe Kollwtiz

Many of the works are from the Nelson's present collection, with few surprises.  However, the Nelson's presentation offers unique resources such as a timeline of events.   Artists' statements reveal that War I had an immense impact upon their lives and art.

The Nelson-Atkins has a comprehensive interactive site and several programs scheduled in conjunction with The World War I Museum at the Liberty Memorial.  Look here for future programs or browse for an interactive timeline of key war, fine art, and cultural events:

Modern compositions from the era can by found at Spotify

Map A Kansas City Journey of World War I: Passports
World War I occurred 100 years ago.  Twenty Kansas City organizations and public sites (including sites in Lawrence) are commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I with a resource and guide. Participants may map a journey of the sites with a #WWIKC passport.  Among the places to visit are The Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, Watkins Museum on Massachusetts Street,  and The University of Kansas Memorial Union.
More information can be found here:

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