Entry from 6 pm
Speeches from 7 pm
Beijing, Buenos Aires, Bombay (today’s Mumbai), Casablanca, Khartoum, Kyoto, Lahore, Łódź, Nsukka, São Paulo, Tokyo: in the twentieth century, artists all over the world banded together in collectives. The tendency of like-minded individuals to work in groups and support each other is universal; yet the concerns pursued by these groups, their aesthetic methods, political objectives, and utopian visions, express themselves in widely diverse ways depending on the time and place.
The exhibition "Group Dynamics—Collectives of the Modernist Period" examines selected examples to shed a light on the emergence and evolution of collectives and their engagement with the societies and cultures around them. The period under consideration in the presentation—from around 1910 to the 1980s—spans international modernization movements and anticolonial struggles for independence. These were often accompanied by the emergence of new art schools and groups.
The project is supported by the German Federal Cultural Foundation as part of its program "Global Museum. Collections of the 20th Century from a Global Perspective". Concurrently on view is a second exhibition that opens in the spring of 2021 and is dedicated to the Blue Rider circle of artists: "Group Dynamics—The Blue Rider", Lenbachhaus, March 23, 2021–March 5, 2023.