July 9 - September 12, 2020
‘Georges Vantongerloo. A Pioneer of Modern Art’ is a special presentation of rarely seen works by the 20th- century Belgian master. Curated by Dr. Angela Thomas Schmid, President of the Max Bill Georges Vantongerloo Stiftung, the works in the exhibition retrace Vantongerloo’s artistic evolution throughout his five- decade career. This focus exhibition is on view at Hauser & Wirth’s new space at Rämistrasse 16. The building was initially converted into offices and private viewing rooms in 2018 and is now opening as an exhibition space. The presentation at Rämistrasse 16 is complemented by a display of archival material and books on Vantongerloo and his contemporaries at Hauser & Wirth Publishers’ headquarters at Rämistrasse 5.
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A founding member of the Dutch movement De Stijl, Georges Vantongerloo’s wide-ranging career began in the late 1910s in the hotbed of geometric experimentation in sculpture, painting, architecture, and design, and continued for another five full decades. Curated by Dr. Angela Thomas Schmid, the works featured in our exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Rämistrasse retrace Vantongerloo’s artistic evolution throughout his five-decade career. Down the street at Hauser & Wirth Publishers’ Headquarters, unique archival materials from the estate further contextualize Vantongerloo’s practice through books and historical photographs and documents. Hauser & Wirth Publishers Headquarters is open Thursday – Saturday, 12 – 4 pm or by appointment, Rämistrasse 5, Zurich. Hauser & Wirth Rämistrasse is open Wednesday – Friday, 2 – 5 pm or by appointment, Rämistrasse 16, Zurich
Georges Vantongerloo, born in Antwerp, Belgium, was a sculptor, painter, architect, designer and theorist, and a member of De Stijl. While living in Holland and working on architectural designs during the years of World War I, Vantongerloo became part of the circle of Piet Mondrian, Bart van der Leck, and Theo van Doesburg, who founded the magazine ‘De Stijl’ in 1917. In 1924 Vantongerloo published his pamphlet ‘L’Art et son avenir’ and in 1931 joined the Abstraction-Création group, which counted among its members Piet Mondrian, Barbara Hepworth, Robert and Sonia Delaunay, Hans Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Wassily Kandinsky, Josef Alberts, László Moholy-Nagy and Max Bill. From the end of the 1930s onward, Vantongerloo distanced himself from the straight line in favour of the curved line, producing influential work characterized by greater lyrical compositions and plays of transparency, color, and light.