Le Grand Geste! Informel and Abstract Expressionism, 1946-1964
Museum Kunst Palast, Dusseldorf, Germany
April 10 - August 1, 2010
"The 1959 documenta II in Kassel marked a peak in gestural abstract painting. Here, fourteen years after the end of World War II, a central tendency of painting was celebrated, which presented itself as an international phenomenon spanning the entire Western world. Following this documenta and a major tour of American Abstract Expressionism to several European capitals in the preceding year, the so-called genre of informal painting received, in a sense, official status. The significance of 'abstraction as a world language' had asserted and established itself, even though new developments, for instance a tendency towards intermediality, had begun to emerge."
"50 years later, the exhibition Le grand geste! at museum kunst palast in Düsseldorf shows around 150 paintings retracing the path and artistic development of Art Informel and Abstract Expressionism – a path leading from France and the USA to Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain and other European countries."