Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art Presents A Private Eye: Dada, Surrealism, and More from the Brandt Collection Over 150 works by artists including Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dalí, and many others

Ithaca, NY—The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University presents A Private Eye: Dada, Surrealism, and More from the Brandt Collection, on view from October 21 to December 24, 2006.

“The Johnson Museum is fortunate to have such dedicated alumni collectors as Dr. Arthur Brandt, who over the years has made many significant long-term loans to the permanent collection,” said Andrea Inselmann, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Johnson Museum. “Thanks to the Brandt family, in the past the Museum has been able to present to its visitors Pablo Picasso’s Woman’s Head (Fernande), one of the major works in the history of cubist sculpture, as well as important works by Le Corbusier, Max Ernst, and Alexander Archipenko.”

With this exhibition from the Brandt collection, the Museum will present works by Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, George Grosz, Hannah Höch, Francis Picabia, and Kurt Schwitters, who were all active in the complex and diffuse Dada movement in the 1910s and 1920s in cities such as Zurich, Berlin, Paris, Hannover, and New York. Including over 150 works, the exhibition also reaches into other movements of the early twentieth century, such as Surrealist drawings and paintings by Kurt Seligmann, Hans Bellmer, Yves Tanguy, Dorothea Tanning, and Valentine Hugo. In addition, works representing cubism, constructivism, and suprematism provide a wonderfully eclectic view of early Modern art.

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