Miami
Art Basel Miami Beach
A Kid Could Do That!
December 4 - 7, 2014

Celebrating Galerie Gmurzynska's half-century anniversary, we are proud to present an extraordinary exhibition project at this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach

 

A KID COULD DO THAT!

 

an exclusive project with

Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin

curatorial collaboration with

Nellee Hooper

 

Key 20th century masterworks – some of which have just returned from major museum exhibitions, or, in turn, have not been seen in years – will be exhibited.

 

Francis Bacon Robert Indiana Wassily Kandinsky Yves Klein Wifredo Lam Mikhail Larionov Kazimir Malevich Joan Miró Pablo Picasso Kurt Schwitters Cy Twombly

 

Who hasn’t encountered the charge leveled at the bulk of twentieth-century modern art tout court? More importantly, yet: What to offer in return to such long- held mistrust? Galerie Gmurzynska will meet this issue head-on by turning the flat condemnation “A Kid Could Do That!” into a rich curatorial stepping stone for a comprehensive and exciting showcase specially curated for the 2014 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach. 

 

Having introduced key positions of the Russian Avant-Garde and Classic Modern Art to collectors and scholars alike since the gallery’s founding in 1965, this exhibition will extensively draw on Galerie Gmurzynska’s internationally recognized expertise in re-contextualizing the importance of the multifarious facets of modern art for a contemporary audience.

 

No other could better visualize such an approach than multi-award winning director, writer, producer, music producer and visualist, Baz Luhrmann along with Oscar-winning production and costume designer and producer Catherine Martin. Luhrmann the genial creator of Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby, who the New York Times describes as having „a lingering cultural effect — influencing fashion and street culture“. 

 

The presentation will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue containing an essay by art historian Jonathan Fineberg – author of the seminal study The Innocent Eye – which will shine light on the crucial and striking connections between children’s art and the inception of the European Avant-Garde. With additional texts by Baz Luhrmann and Nellee Hooper, the British composer / remixer who has produced six Grammy Award winning albums for artists such as U2, as well as the former New York Times art critic, publisher of seven books and current editor-in-chief of Artnet, Ben Gennochio. 

 

A rediscovered historic 1930’s film footage, featuring Miro’s “Jeux d’Enfants” painting as an essential part of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo production for which Miro designed the stage set, will, together with the original painting, be presented at the fair in an exclusive reinterpretation by Baz Luhrmann. 

 

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