max bill & georges vantongerloo: crossover

27 Jan – 26 Mar 2022

New York, 69th Street

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‘crossover’ highlights the lasting achievements of Bill and Vantongerloo through an in-depth selection of paintings and sculptures, some of which are being shown in the United States for the first time since their major American traveling retrospectives in 1974-1975 and 1980-1981, respectively.

A Subversive Gleam: Max Bill and His Time. 1908–1939

Dr. Angela Thomas, art historian and widow of the artist, retraces Max Bill’s biography, meticulously dissecting the artist’s journey through his exchanges with his family, teachers, and peers–and their individual respective life trajectories.



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Curated by Dr. Angela Thomas Schmid, President of the max bill georges vantongerloo foundation, the exhibition reveals how the progress of their extraordinary and constantly evolving creative exchange mirrors the artistic breakthroughs that defined the 20th century, particularly in the field of concrete art – which would echo throughout Latin America, in particular Argentina and Brazil, and support the development of many forward-thinking artists including Lidy Prati and her husband Tomás Maldonado, Almir Mavignier, Mary Vieira, Lygia Pape, Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica.

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The exhibition’s title not only refers to the artists’ relationship with each other, but also to the prolific and numerous connections and exchanges they had within the American art scene, and their lasting impact on art movements like minimalism.

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max bill – the master's vision

This documentary feature film was made by Erich Schmid in 2008 as a tribute to Max Bill on the occasion of the centenary of his birth. Max Bill studied at the Bauhaus in Dessau and was a precursor of concrete art, which served as a blueprint for his investigations in other creative fields such as architecture, typography, and design.

This film is available to view on the third floor of the exhibition at Hauser & Wirth NY 69th street.

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Exhibition Guide

Explore the exhibition in greater depth with the essay “Crossover Culture” written by Dr. Angela Thomas, President of the max bill georges vantongerloo foundation, investigating Max Bill’s and Georges Vantongerloo’s connections to the American art scene. This richly illustrated essay spans from the early 1930s to the early 1990s and also includes rare archival images.

About the artist

Georges Vantongerloo, born in Antwerp, Belgium, was an artist, architect, and theorist who became a member of the De Stijl group. While living in Holland and working on architectural designs during the years of World War I, Vantongerloo became part of the circle of Piet Mondrian, Bart van der Leck, and Theo van Doesburg, who founded the magazine ‘De Stijl’ in 1917. In 1924 Vantongerloo published his pamphlet ‘L’Art et son avenir’ and in 1931 joined the Abstraction-Création group.

About the artist

Max Bill was a great Swiss polymath: an artist, architect, industrial designer, graphic designer, and teacher. He attended the Bauhaus where he was taught by Josef Albers, László Moholy-Nagy, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky and Oskar Schlemmer. Bill remained closely associated with the Bauhaus school and was a key figure in developing and propagating its principles, as a guest lecturer at the Kunstgewerbeschule Zürich and as a co-founder and first rector of the Ulm School of Design.

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