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  • 05

    June 2010
  • 12

    September 2010
Mart, Rovereto  

The masterpieces of Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto

"American art 1850-1960. Masterpieces of the Phillips Collection of Washington" runs from 5th June to 12th September 2010 at the Mart Rovereto. This exhibition is a selection of works never seen in Italy before, with the masterpieces of the great exponents of American painting.


The Mart continues its collaboration with the prestigious Washington institution. The event aims to make it possible to take a close look at the American art over a historic period, from the second half of the 19th century to the early 1960s, a period not very well known to the general public.

The exhibition, curated by Susan Behrends Frank and Gabriella Belli, presents some masterpieces by such artists as Edward Hopper and Georgia O'Keeffe, who were the first to have imposed the originality of an American style, boldly burning the bridges with European culture.

Besides, there are works in the exhibition by artists like John Sloan, Arthur Dove, Stuart Davis, Adolph Gottlieb, Philip Guston, Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Clyfford Still and Mark Rothko.

The comprehensiveness of the exhibition is made possible by the unique characteristics of the Phillips Collection of Washington. This private collection was the first, in the 1920s, to buy and exhibit modernism and abstract art, and it gained international importance with the acquisition of major masterpieces of European art. But the collector, Duncan Phillips, also farsightedly promoted the production and acquisition of American art, from the 1910s until his death in 1966. This passionate collector always attributed his personal critical development to the lessons learned from American artists.

Overall, the Phillips Collection embodies a project that was already explicit when it was founded in 1921 and summarised in this way by Susan Behrends Frank: "A lifelong quest to assemble a collection of the best of American painting for all to see and enjoy".

The Phillips Collection was born from the intuition of a connoisseur who for 60 years sought to reveal American art to his fellow-citizens. This exhibition, which will end on the 12th of September 2010, offers an unprecedented opportunity in Italy to relive this discovery through the works of all its leading exponents.

(Georgia O'Keeffe, Pattern of leaves (detail), 1923. The Phillips Collection) 


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