MoMA at National Gallery Of Victoria


Fernand Léger Propellors--1918

‘Propellors’ — Fernand Léger, 1918

Fernand Léger’s paintings of this period combined Cubism’s simplified, abstract forms with an interest in industrial machinery. The dynamic rhythm of this composition’s planes, cylinders and tubes alludes to mechanical motion. Embodying both solidity and the promise of speed, the propeller emerged as an emblem of modern technology for Léger and his contemporaries. At a visit to an aviation fair in 1912, Marcel Duchamp (whose Bicycle wheel is also on view in this gallery) was said to have been so struck by the beauty of a propeller that he remarked to his fellow artists Léger and Constantin Brancusi, ‘Painting has come to an end. Who can do anything better than this propeller?’



MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art,

June 9 – October 7, 2018 at NGV International, Melbourne


The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in partnership with The Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) is presenting MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art, to continue its focus on promoting knowledge about the evolution of art in our time, from the age of Modernism until today. MoMA, NY opened in Manhattan in 1929 and its collection of over 200,000 works of art by some 10,000 + artists, makes it one of the leading museums of modern art in the world and this exhibition offers a unique overview of this iconic collection.

The first few decades around the beginning of the twentieth century was filled with new, innovative and radical art movements that heralded the birth of Modernism, leading to a diverse range of architectural and decorative styles, as well as applied and graphic arts, created between 1880 and 1950. This exhibition explores the emergence and development of this ‘new art’ and is represented with works by Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne and pioneering cubist, constructivism, futurist and orphism artists such as Pablo Picasso, Aleksandr Rodchenko,  Umberto Boccioni and Sonia Deleunay.
Also on display are abstracted forms from artists such as Lyubov’ Popova, Jean Arp and Piet Mondrian, alongside the surreal visual language of paintings by artists like Salvador Dalí , Yves Tanguy and other prominent Abstract Expressionist artists like Jackson Pollock. Developments in art beginning in the 1960s, from Pop through to Minimalism, are explored with the works of Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Isamu Noguchi and other contemporary art which followed.. In total, over 200 key pieces, including works that span Photography, Film, Architecture and Design, Painting and Sculpture, Drawings and Prints, and Media and Performance tracing the development of art and design from the urban and industrial transformation of the late nineteenth century extending to the digital and global present. Even Tomohiro Nishikado’s pioneering computer game Space Invaders (1978) and the original set of 176 emoji developed by Shigetaka Kurita in 1999 are represented.


Surrealist art - Yves Tanguy-Mom, papa is wounded

Yves Tanguy – ‘Mom, papa is wounded’



Aleksandr Rodchenko,-Non Objective Painting,-1919 -- MoMA NGV

Aleksandr Rodchenko,- ‘Non Objective Painting’




AEG Poster by Peter Behrens-(1907)

AEG Poster — Peter Behrens



Alexander Calder Snow Flurry-1948 mobile sculpture -- MoMA NGV

Alexander Calder —  ‘Snow Flurry’




André Derain.-Fishing Boats,-Collioure impressionist art -- MoMA NGV

André Derain – ‘Fishing Boats, Collioure’



Architects Table- Picasso cubist painting MoMA NGV

Cubist painting – ‘Architects Table’ – Picasso




‘The Newborn’  —  Constantin Brancusi




André Derain -- Bathers-1907-MoMA NGV

André Derain — ‘Bathers’, 1907

In this monumental painting, André Derain represents a trio of bathing women, a classical Arcadian subject, using formal means that were radically modern at the time.



MoMA NGVEdward Hopper Gas-1940

‘Gas’ – Edward Hopper  (American)



MoMA NGV - Le Corbusier French, born Switzerland 1887–1965 Pierre Jeanneret (collaborating architect) Swiss 1896–1967 Theodore Conrad (model maker) American 1910–94 Villa Savoye-1932

 Le Corbusier ‘Villa Savoye’ — Pierre Jeanneret (collaborating architect)  Theodore Conrad (model maker), 1932

In 1923 Le Corbusier declared houses to be ‘machines for living in’, a point of view reflected in his conception of the Villa Savoye. Along with his cousin Pierre Jeanneret, Le Corbusier planned the entire composition of the villa as a sequence of spatial effects



Edward Weston,-Stump against Sky,-1936 - Art photography

Edward Weston, ‘Stump against Sky’



El Anatsui, Bleeding Takari II, 2007

El Anatsui, ‘Bleeding Takari II’




Ernst Ludwig Kirchner-Street-Dresden-1913 oil painting

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner – ‘Street Dresden’  1913

Kirchner has violently heightened the colours of this urban scene, depicting its figures with mask-like faces and vacant eyes in an attempt to capture his perceived psychological alienation wrought by modernisation.



Frederick Kiesler---Model for an endless house

Frederick Kiesler — ‘Model for an endless house’




Giorgio de Chirico Gare Montparnasse (The Melancholy of Departure) Paris, early 1914

Giorgio de Chirico  —   ‘Gare Montparnasse (The Melancholy of Departure)’

Paris, early 1914



George-Grosz.-Explosion -- World War I home, to Berlin

George Grosz -‘Explosion’ —  World War I in Berlin



Jackson Pollock---Number 7-1950 abstract expressionism

Jackson Pollock  — ‘Number 7′




Jean Arp 'Bell and Navels'-1931 MoMA NGV Section-4-Inner-and-Outer-Worlds

Jean Arp —  ‘Bell and Navels’



La goulue entering the Moulin Rouge-accompanied by two women-Henri de Toulouse Lautrec

La goulue entering the Moulin Rouge accompanied by two women  —  Henri de Toulouse Lautrec – 1891–92

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec portrayed unconventional individuals in a manner both frank and sympathetic. Here, Louise Weber, nicknamed La Goulue (The Glutton), is depicted at the Moulin Rouge, a Montmartre cabaret frequented by Paris’s bohemian subculture.


John Chamberlain.-Tomahawk Nolan abstract scrap steel sculpture

American sculptor John Chamberlain.- ‘Tomahawk Nolan’




Joaquín Torres García,-- Color Structure,-1930

Uruguayan Joaquín Torres García,– ‘Color Structure’





Joan Miró — ‘Portrait of Mistress Mills in 1750′



Olivier MourgueDjinn Chaise Lounge - tubular steel frame, foam padding and nylon jersey upholstery 64-65

Olivier Mourgue –  ‘Djinn Chaise Lounge ‘

–tubular steel frame, foam padding and nylon jersey upholstery




Gerrit-Rietveld.-Red-Blue-Chair contemporary design

Gerrit Rietveld.-  ‘Red Blue Chair’



René Magritte,-The Portrait,-1935 still life painting

René Magritte – ‘The Portrait’



NGV -- National Gallery Of Victoria entrance

 National Gallery Of Victoria



László Moholy Nagy -- Nickel Construction abstract sculpture

László Moholy Nagy — ‘Nickel Construction’



La Japonaise - Woman beside the Water 1905 Henri Matisse

‘La Japonaise – Woman beside the Water’  Henri Matisse,  1905

Fauvist painting with the Japanese woman of the title barely indistinguishable from the surrounding landscape.



Louise Bourgeois.- Quarantania, III.-1949-50

Louise Bourgeois.- ‘Quarantania, III’



Map 1961 by Jasper Johns-installation-NGV staff

‘Map’  by Jasper Johns, 1961

photo courtesy of NGV


Lumière brothers.-Loie Fuller Annabelle Serpentine Dance first colour film

“Annabelle Serpentine Dance” – Lumière brothers.– Loie Fuller



Lyubov Popova,- Painterly Architectonic,-1917 abstract art painting

Lyubov Popova,- ‘Painterly Architectonic’




My Pacific (Polynesian Culture) - Isamu Noguchi wood sculpture-MoMA-NGV 2018

‘My Pacific (Polynesian Culture)’ – Isamu Noguchi

Isamu Noguchi believed that art was part of the environment and described his works of art as ‘landscapes’. He often used materials he found in nature to create his sculptures.



Roberto Matta--Malitte Lounge Furniture. 1966 contemporary foam furniture

Roberto Matta — modular

Malitte Lounge Furniture. 1966


Roberto Matta — Malitte Lounge Furniture. 1966

This colorful collection of polyurethane foam shapes could be stacked into a rectangular wall or used as individual pieces of seating. The design concept is playful and flexible. Its interlocking organic shapes reflect Matta’s training as an architect in his native Chile as well as his Surrealist painting practice, which developed after his move to Paris.



Pablo Picasso Seated-Bather-early-1930

Pablo Picasso ‘Seated Bather’

early 1930



Seated figure, right hand on ground (Nu assis, main droite à terre) -- Matisse

‘Seated figure, right hand on ground ‘- Hennri Matisse




Roy Lichtenstein American 1923–97 Drowning girl 1963 oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Roy Lichtenstein  ‘Drowning girl’, 1963

— oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas

photo courtesy of NGV


Simultaneous Contrasts Sun and Moon-Robert Delaunay-1913

‘Simultaneous Contrasts Sun and Moon’ by Robert Delaunay



Stenberg Brothers, Poster for 'Three million case', 1926

Stenberg Brothers, Poster for ‘Three million case’




Sundial by Lygia Clark

‘Sundial’ by Lygia Clark


Sonia Delaunay-Terk. Portuguese Market. 1915 MoMA NGV

Sonia Delaunay-Terk- ‘Portuguese Market’


MoMA NGV 2018


Swifts Paths of Movement + Dynamic Sequences by Giacomo Balla-MoMa NGV

‘Swifts Paths of Movement + Dynamic Sequences’ by Giacomo Balla

NGV Section 2: The Machinery of the Modern World



Keith Haring--Totem-1989 -- MoMA NGV 2018

Keith Haring– ‘Totem’




Zaha Hadid--The Peak Project, Hong Kong,-China-(exterior-perspective)-1991

Zaha Hadid –The Peak Project, Hong Kong




Hina Tefatou Aka The Moon And The Earth - Paul Gauguin

‘Hina Tefatou Aka The Moon And The Earth’ – Paul Gauguin



Surrealist art - The Persistence of Memory-Salvador Dali-1931

 ‘The Persistence of Memory’  Salvador Dali




Salvador Dali,-Trilogy of the desert Mirage NGV

Salvador Dali  —  ‘Trilogy of the desert Mirage’



Glenn Lowry, director of New York's MoMA, NGV director Tony Ellwood and Andy Warhol'sMarilyn-Monroe-series-(1967)

Glenn Lowry, director of New York’s MoMA, NGV director Tony Ellwood and Andy Warhol’s 1967 Marilyn Monroe series



Mario Bellini Totem stereo system with detachable speakers (model RR 130)

Mario Bellini Totem stereo system with detachable speakers (model RR 130)




Album cover for Cream, Disraeli Gears 1967

Lithograph for album cover for Disraeli Gears by Cream – Martin Sharpe



Unique forms of continuity in space-Umberto Boccioni Futurist sculpture

‘Unique forms of continuity in space’  –  Umberto Boccioni


Vincent van Gogh.-Portrait of Joseph Roulin --postmaster in blue

Vincent van Gogh.- ‘Portrait of Joseph Roulin’


Van Gogh’s thickly painted, colorful portraits changed the way many artists and patrons viewed portraits at the time. Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo of his excitement about “the modern portrait,” a picture that renders character not by the imitation of the sitter’s appearance but through the independent, vivid life of color. Van Gogh’s subject in this painting,


Wifredo Lam, Satan,

Wifredo Lam, ‘Satan’


Bauhaus balconies c. 1928 — Theodore Lux Feininger



Man Ray untitled photo

Man Ray, 1931




1 Comment

  1. Dick
    Posted January 23, 2022 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    Wonderful surprises from the minds of old friends.

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