Josef Albers "Homage to the Square", 1960, oil on masonite, Foto © Saša Fuis Photographie, © The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/ VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015

Fine Art from the 20th and 21st century

Twentieth and twenty-first century art movements

are represented in the MAKK’s comprehensive collection of paintings, sculptures and graphics. With the 2005 Winkler donation, the collection was considerably extended. The focus is on pieces based on constructivist, geometrical and concrete forms and on their counterparts.

Abstract movements in early modernism are represented by paintings and sculptures from the De Stijl, Bauhaus and Russian Avant-Garde circles. Pieces by Piet Mondrian, Theo van Doesburg and Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart, by Werner Graeff, Man Ray and Oskar Schlemmer, by Alexander Rodtschenko, László Moholy-Nagy and Henryk Stazewski are impressive documents of creative determination. These works are juxtaposed with, for example, Hans Arp’s organic forms.

In the 1950s and 60s, nouveau réalisme and abstract art pervaded European and North American art centres. Pieces created by artists such as Luigi Fontana, Arman, Piero Manzoni and Joseph Albers demonstrate the immense spectrum of post-war art. Subjects such as transparency and light and shade, for example in the work of the ZERO group (Heinz Mack, Otto Piene and Günther Uecker), are also to be found in Francois Morellet’s and Jésus Raphael Soto’s work. Op art and concrete art are represented with pieces by Victor Vasarely and Max Bill. The transition to virtual worlds of art is marked with pieces by András Mengyán and Manfred Mohr.

Please notice!

The permanent exhibition "Art + Design in Dialogue" will be closed due to window renovation from 12 June until probably mid-September 2023.