MoMA Museum of Modern Art

Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925

23 Dec 2012 - 15 Apr 2013

Installation view of the exhibition, "Inventing Abstraction: 1910 - 1925"
December 23, 2012–April 15, 2013. IN2224.10. Photograph by Jonathan Muzikar.
In 1912, in several European cities, a handful of artists—Vasily Kandinsky, Frantisek Kupka, Francis Picabia, and Robert Delaunay—presented the first abstract pictures to the public. Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925 celebrates the centennial of this bold new type of artwork, tracing the development of abstraction as it moved through a network of modern artists, from Marsden Hartley and Marcel Duchamp to Piet Mondrian and Kazimir Malevich, sweeping across nations and across media. The exhibition brings together many of the most influential works in abstraction’s early history and covers a wide range of artistic production, including paintings, drawings, books, sculptures, films, photographs, sound poems, atonal music, and non-narrative dance, to draw a cross-media portrait of these watershed years.

Organized by Leah Dickerman, Curator, with Masha Chlenova, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Painting and Sculpture.

Tags: Robert Delaunay, Marcel Duchamp, Marsden Hartley, Wassily Kandinsky, Frantisek Kupka, Kazimir Malevich, Piet Mondrian, Francis Picabia