19. November - 12. March 2017

CONFRONTATION

Vegetabile Elemente, 1947, bpk/Nationalgalerie, SMB, Museum Berggruen / Jens Ziehe © Succession H. Matisse / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
George Condo, Telepoche Cut-Out, 1989, collection of the artist, New York, Courtesy Sprüth Magers und Skarstedt © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016, Photo © George Condo 2016
Pablo Picasso, Dora Maar with green Fingernails, 1936, bpk/Nationalgalerie, SMB, Museum Berggruen / Jens Ziehe © Succession Picasso / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
George Condo, Windswept Figure, 2007, collection of the artist, New York

George Condo Exhibition in Berlin

Museum Berggruen shows an exhibition of works by American painter George Condo (b. 1957, Concord, New Hampshire). This first ever large-scale exhibition of contemporary art at Museum Berggruen since its opening combines works by George Condo from the early 1980s through today with works by classical modernist artists from the collection of Berlin’s Nationalgalerie.

George Condo.Confrontation will be on view throughout the museum, and many of the paintings, drawings, collages by the American artist selected are to be shown to the public for the very first time in this show.The presentation of masterpieces by Cézanne, Picasso, Matisse, Klee and Giacometti from Museum Berggruen alongside Condo’s works develops an open field of references.  

Since the early 1980s, Condo refers in his works with a mixture of humor, irony, and veneration to the entire spectrum of European and American art. For his in part grotesque visual imagination, he takes up genres like the nude, the still life, and the portrait.

Playfully, Condo combines references to art history, in particular formal and motivic references to the artists of classical modernism, whose once shocking cubist paintings have long since entered the canon of art history. To the same extent, popular culture also flows into Condo’s works: his portraits reveal borrowings from comic figures like Batman, Bugs Bunny, or Mickey Mouse.

George Condo. Confrontation understands painting from the 20th and 21st century as a process of mutual references and traditions in constant motion, still continuing today in popular culture. The exhibition can be seen until 12 March 2017 at Museum Berggruen, Nationalgalerie Berlin.

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