Art history has long emphasized the inspired individual and his/her personal artistic achievements. But around 1900, the world witnessed the rise of a surprising number of newly established groups and collective processes. People came to view aesthetics as a social matter or strove to integrate them into collaborative practices. An example of this trend was the “Blue Rider” which existed in Munich in the years prior to World War I.
Today the Lenbachhaus is home to the world’s largest Blue Rider collection which serves as a catalyst for far-reaching research and exhibition activities at the museum. The members of the Blue Rider always regarded their artistic, socio-political or libertine concerns as a project whose aesthetics were manifested outside the confines of national borders, genders and genres. Based on this universally minded approach, the Lenbachhaus in Munich aims to investigate which other or comparable forms of collaboration existed within and outside of Europe. By learning from our colleagues who take a diverse array of perspectives the Lenbachhaus seeks to expand and diversify the conventional “modern art” narrative. The curators hope the symposium will initiate a dialogue on group-dynamic processes and collective forms of collaboration based on the premise of a mutual aesthetic language that surmounts local and temporal boundaries.
The exhibition "Group Dynamics. The Blue Rider and Artists’ Collectives of the Modernist Period" as part of the German Federal Cultural Foundation‘s initiative "Global Museum. Collections of the 20th Century in a Global Perspective" will open at the Lenbachhaus in 2021
Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation