September 28, 2023


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Masterpieces from the Assortment of Museum Berggruen / Nationalgalerie Berlin

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UCCA Edge, Shanghai

June 22 to October 8, 2023

UCCA Beijing

 November 11, 2023, to February 25, 2024

 From June 22 to October 8, 2023, UCCA is collaborating with Berlin’s Museum Berggruen to current “Fashionable Time: Masterpieces from the Assortment of Museum Berggruen / Nationalgalerie Berlin” at UCCA Edge in Shanghai. The exhibition options almost 100 items by fashionable masters Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Paul Klee (1879-1940), Henri Matisse (1869-1954), Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966), Paul Cézanne (1839-1906), and Georges Braque(1882-1963), every fastidiously chosen from Museum Berggruen’s unparalleled assortment. Proven in China for the primary time, these works by the six artists span portray, sculpture, paper cut-outs, and different media, permitting viewers to expertise the event of contemporary artwork by kinds corresponding to Fauvism, Cubism, and Surrealism. One in all Europes main museums of contemporary artwork, Museum Berggruen is a member of the Nationalgalerie and the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (the Berlin State Museums). “Fashionable Time” marks the third cease of Museum Berggruens worldwide exhibition tour following its debut in Tokyo and subsequent installment in Osaka, and the first time the touring exhibition has been organized alongside chronological strains. 

“Modern Time” invites viewers on a walk through the history of twentieth century art, offering a close-up view of the creative processes and thinking of six major figures. The Chinese translation of the exhibition title aptly references the idea of a leisurely stroll, promising an excursion that reveals the diverse artistic approaches and radical transformations found under the umbrella of Modernism. The exhibition is organized in strict chronology according to the completion of each work, rather than in thematic or artist sections. It thus introduces in sequence the new developments that marked the flourishing of creativity in Europe during the first half of the twentieth century. With more than 40 works by Picasso, “Modern Time” provides an all-encompassing overview of 8 decades of his artistic career. 

The Blue Portfolio, by Henri Matisse. [Photo/Courtesy of Museum Berggruen / Nationalgalerie Berlin]

Also on view are over 30 works by Klee, made in his creatively fertile period following the end of World War I, and more than 10 pieces by Matisse, including classic paper cut-outs which showcase the artist at the height of his powers in the later years of his career. In addition, the exhibition will highlight works by Braque and Giacometti, along with those of Cézanne, one of the key figures of modern art, who had an enormous impact on all of the aforementioned artists.

The works on display in the exhibition are from the collection of the Museum Berggruen, which takes its name and owes its origins to the legendary art dealer and collector Heinz Berggruen (1914-2007). Berggruen was a close confidant of Picasso and other artists, and throughout his life built an unmatched collection of modern art. Today that collection forms the core of Museum Berggruens holdings. 

Henri Matisse, Inside, Étretat, 1920. Oil on canvas on wooden, 42.5 × 33.7 cm. Museum Berggruen, Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, on mortgage from the Berggruen household. {Photograph} by bpk / Nationalgalerie, SMB, Museum Berggruen / Jens Ziehe.

UCCA is honored to welcome artwork from this priceless assortment to China as a part of the continuing worldwide exhibition tour which started at The Nationwide Museum of Western Artwork, Tokyo, and The Nationwide Museum of Artwork, Osaka.

Pablo Picasso, Massive Reclining Nude, 1942. Oil on canvas , 129.5 × 195 cm. Museum Berggruen, Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. NG MB 73/2000. © Succession Picasso 2023. {Photograph} by bpk / Nationalgalerie, SMB, Museum Berggruen / Jens Ziehe.

Following the two stops at UCCA museums in China, in autumn 2024 the exhibition will journey to Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris for its ultimate installment. UCCA and Museum Berggruen are excited to work intently collectively to share this veritable feast of contemporary artwork with audiences in China and foster additionalSino-European cultural change.

“Fashionable Time” is amongst numerous latest main UCCA exhibitions centered on main fashionable artists, which search to find the roots of the modern within the fashionable. Artworks by Picasso in the exhibition increase the exploration of the artist’s profession begun by the 2019 UCCA Beijing exhibition “Picasso Delivery of a Genius,” whereas items by Matisse present a broader perspective on the artist at the center of “Matisse by Matisse,” one other upcoming 2023 exhibition.

Moreover, “Fashionable Time” compliments creative discussions sparked by different latest exhibitions in Shanghai, such as “Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the Nationwide Gallery” on the Shanghai Museum. Audiences might transfer from Renaissance artwork and Impressionism to the experimental spirit of twentieth century Modernism, experiencing half a millennia of European artwork historical past with out leaving the town.

Gabriel Montua, Head of Museum Berggruen and exhibition co-curator, comments, “I’m very excited to see how the works from Museum Berggruens assortment, all on view in China for the very first time, might be appreciated by native audiences. This is a nice honor and we at Museum Berggruen can study a lot from the response of tourists who see these works with contemporary eyes and with a distinct visible heritage of their minds. I’m very grateful to UCCA and its director Philip Tinari for this distinctive and great cooperation.”

UCCA Director and CEO Philip Tinari notes, “UCCA is extraordinarily grateful and excited to have the ability to current this physique of labor to viewers in China. That this assortment, some twenty years after discovering its place in a wealthy constellation of German state museums, can journey in its close to entirety to the opposite aspect of the world is one thing worthy of celebration, significantly at a second when such movement and the dialogue throughout eras and cultures that it sparks really feel extra pressing than ever.”

“Fashionable Time: Masterpieces from the Assortment of Museum Berggruen / Nationalgalerie Berlin” is curated by Klaus Biesenbach, Director of Neue Nationalgalerie, Gabriel Montua, Head of Museum Berggruen, and Veronika Rudorfer, curator at Museum Berggruen, and is introduced in collaboration with UCCA.

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