press release

Phillips Collection welcomes Surrealism and Modernism from the Collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, a selection of 59 paintings, collages, and sculptures by the most significant avant-garde artists of the early twentieth century. Surrealism and Modernism represents an outstanding array of major artistic movements in the twentieth century—from expressionist landscapes and classic abstract painting to surrealist illusionism and abstract expressionism. This exhibition also provides a look at a unique era in the history of collecting by American museums, when aesthetically adventurous directors struggled to make the case for modern art to a suspicious public through purchases and exhibitions of work by living artists from Europe, America and Latin America. Although located a few hours away from New York, the Wadsworth Atheneum in the 1930s scored a series of acquisition firsts of the kind that might have been expected of the Museum of Modern Art.


Surrealism and Modernism from the Collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford

Werke von Hans Arp, Joseph Cornell, Salvador Dalí, Stuart Davis, Willem De Kooning, Arthur Dove, Max Ernst, Albert Gleizes, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, René Magritte, Henri Matisse, Roberto Matta, Joan Miró, Edvard Munch, Georgia O´Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Maurice Prendergast, Georgia O´Keeffe, Stanley Spencer, Yves Tanguy, u.a.