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Exhibition: Reading Time in Space

Modernism at mumok 1910 to 1955

Text from mumok

Image: László Moholy-Nagy, Komposition QVIII, 1924

Is modernism an epoch? How did artists see this in the 1920s? Reading Time in Space answers these questions by referring to four exhibitions and book projects that constituted the first global presentations of modernism and raised key questions in their own time.

These projects rested on new concepts of space and time. They include El Lissitzky’s und Hans Arp’s fictitious exhibition project of 1924 and Friedrich Kiesler’s legendary theater exhibition of the same year. In an installation by Nicole Six/Paul Petritsch, this mumok exhibition explores temporal and spatial coordinates whose parameters are constituted by elements of modernism. We are showing works by Giacomo Balla, Willi Baumeister, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, Florence Henri, Josef Hofmann, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Yves Klein, Oskar Kokoschka, František Kupka, René Magritte, Oskar Schlemmer, Max Oppenheimer, Pablo Picasso, Felice Rix, and Sophie Taeuber-Arp—and many more.

Curated by Susanne Neuburger

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