Make sure you don’t miss the first major survey of Abstract Expressionism since 1959 – a moving and intense display of the boundless creativity of 1950s New York. Put together by The Royal Academy of Arts in collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, the display focuses on the art created during the period surrounding the Second World War, Beat poetry and free jazz.
Featuring prominent artists such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning, the exhibit also features the lesser-known but no less important contributors to the movement. The works range from the intense and detailed to the vast and contemplative – their style broke conventions and marked a style of painting never seen before.
A watershed moment for 20th century art, the exhibition is intense, emotional, deeply expressive and radical; pieces that are intended to present a two-way encounter between artist and viewer.
The final part of the exhibition acknowledges the photography and sculpture that contributed to the art phenomenon that saw New York over take Paris as the art capital of the world.