2020 Pro­gram

This is our 2020 ex­hi­bi­tion pro­gram:

Be­tye Saar
2020 Wolf­gang Hahn Prize
Ar­ward Cer­e­mony & Presen­ta­tion

The award cer­e­mony take place on the 23rd of March, 2021.

Be­tye Saar will be award­ed the twen­ty-sixth Wolf­gang Hahn Prize from the Ge­sellschaft für Mod­erne Kunst. This recog­ni­tion of the artist, who was born in Los An­ge­les in 1926 and is still lit­tle known in Ger­many, is high­ly time­ly, the ju­ry con­sist­ing of Yil­maz Dziewior, di­rec­tor of the Mu­se­um Lud­wig; Chris­tophe Ch­er­ix, Robert Leh­man Foun­da­tion chief cu­ra­tor of draw­in­gs and prints at the Mu­se­um of Mod­ern Art (Mo­MA) in New York; and the board mem­bers of the as­so­ci­a­tion de­cid­ed. Be­tye Saar has been cre­at­ing as­sem­blages from a wide va­ri­e­ty of found ob­jects, which she com­bines with draw­ing, prints, paint­ing, and pho­tog­ra­phy. Guest ju­ror Chris­tophe Ch­er­ix on Be­tye Saar: “Be­tye Saar’s work oc­cu­pies a piv­o­tal po­si­tion in Amer­i­can art. Her as­sem­blages from the 1960s and ear­ly 1970s in­ter­weave is­sues of race, politics, and su­per­na­t­u­ral be­lief sys­tems with her per­so­n­al his­to­ry. Hav­ing grown up in a ra­cial­ly se­g­re­gat­ed so­ci­e­ty, Saar has long held that art can tran­s­cend our dark­est mo­ments and deep­est fears. To­day, the emer­gence of a new gen­er­a­tion of artists min­ing her poig­nant le­ga­cy attests to how pro­found­ly Saar has changed the course of Amer­i­can art. The 2020 Wolf­gang Hahn Prize not on­ly ac­knowl­edges her ex­traor­d­i­nary achieve­ments and in­fluence, but al­so rec­og­nizes the need to re­vis­it how the his­to­ry of art in re­cent de­cades has been writ­ten.”

#M­Lx­Be­tye­Saar #WH­P2020


Andy Warhol Now

12/12/2020 – 4/18/2021

Andy Warhol (1928–1987) cap­ti­vat­ed and po­larized peo­ple with his per­so­n­al­i­ty, and his art shaped an en­tire era. His mul­ti­facet­ed work re­defined the boun­daries of paint­ing, sculp­ture, film, and mu­sic. As a shy young man from a re­li­gious, work­ing-class mi­lieu, Warhol carved his own path in­to the art world, which was still dom­i­nat­ed by Ab­s­tract Ex­pres­sion­ism. In his ear­ly work, per­so­n­al, of­ten ho­moerot­ic draw­in­gs stood along­side com­mis­sions as a suc­cess­ful ad­ver­tis­ing il­lus­tra­tor, while his un­mis­tak­able screen prints made him the epi­t­ome of the new Pop Art move­ment. He had a life­long fas­ci­na­tion for pop­u­lar cul­ture. But just as his cele­bri­ty por­traits and Co­ca-Co­la bot­tles held a mir­ror to Amer­i­can so­ci­e­ty, Warhol stands for a di­verse, queer coun­ter­cul­ture that found its ex­pres­sion not least in his New York stu­dio, the Fac­to­ry. This ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion il­lu­mi­nates Warhol’s ex­pand­ed ar­tis­tic prac­tice against the back­drop of press­ing so­cial is­sues with over 100 works. Key works such as the Elvis Pres­ley se­ries and col­or­ful vari­a­tions of an elec­tric chair are rep­re­sent­ed as well as less well-known as­pects, which al­low for a cur­rent view of this artist of the cen­tu­ry in a time of po­lit­i­cal and cul­tu­r­al up­hea­vals. It al­so il­lu­mi­nates his de­vel­op­ment as the son of Rusyn im­mi­grants in Pitts­burgh, which is re­flect­ed in a com­plex pro­cess­ing of re­li­gious themes and sub­jects, among other things.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is or­ganised by Mu­se­um Lud­wig and Tate Mod­ern, Lon­don in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Art Gallery of On­tario.

Cu­rat­ed by Yil­maz Dziewior, Di­rec­tor, Stephan Died­erich, Cu­ra­tor, Col­lec­tion of Twen­ti­eth-Cen­tu­ry Art, Mu­se­um Lud­wig, Gre­gor Muir, Di­rec­tor of Col­lec­tion, In­ter­na­tio­n­al Art and Fion­tán Mo­ran, As­sis­tant Cu­ra­tor, Tate Mod­ern.

Im­por­tant tick­et in­for­ma­tion can be found here.

#M­LxAndy­Warhol #warhol­now