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Comparing the Cologne Sonderbund of 1912 and the Second Post-Impressionist Exhibition in London

Alexandra Timonina    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    



The article examines the agendas of the International Art Exhibition of the West German Sonderbund held in Cologne in 1912 and the Second Post-Impressionist Exhibition organised in London the same year, by contrasting their historical contexts and comparing their theoretical backgrounds. While the shows varied slightly in approach, both sought to give a systematic overview of the latest trends in art, which was then marketed mainly by private dealers. They addressed similar issues, such as defining the inherited tradition and topical dilemmas about the autonomy of painting and its decorative potential. The paper will discuss the emphasis on the progressive timeline and international outlook on modern art they formulated. It will also revisit the role of these exhibitions in light of the currently expanding discussion of the mechanisms that shaped the canon of European modernism.

keywords: Modernism. Canon. Expressionism. Post-Impressionism. Roger Fry.

Language: en

Published: Dec. 22, 2020
permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/978-88-6969-462-2/013

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