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International Exhibition of Modern Art Assembled by Société Anonyme

DATES Friday, November 19, 1926 through Monday, January 10, 1927
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  • September 21, 1926 The Brooklyn Museum announces the continuation through October 12th of its special summer exhibition of paintings lent from several notable private collections and comprising a large number of the works of Arthur B. Davies, as well as a large group of modern French paintings by such artists as Gauguin, Monet, Picasso, Renoir. Derain and others, together with twenty-two examples of the work of Paul Cezanne. There are also a number of paintings and carved wood panels by Charles Prendergast and Maurice Prendergast. The exhibition period thus been extended owing to numerous requests.

    The Museum also makes preliminary announcement at this time of the opening on November 20th or the International Exhibition of Modern Art arranged by the Société Anonyme for the Brooklyn Museum. The exhibition has been assembled by Miss Katherine S. Dreier, President of the Société Anonyme, an organization which was formed by herself and Marcel Duchamp to provide the people of this country with an opportunity for the study of the most recent movements in art. Further details regarding the exhibition will be announced later.

    Detailed preliminary announcements of the exhibition of the Société Anonyme will be sent out by the Brooklyn Museum for release on November 14th. Notification will be given representatives of the Press of the earliest possible date when the exhibition will be available for review in process of installation.

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1916 - 1930. 1926, 056.
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  • October 18, 1926 Marcel Duchamp the celebrated French cubistic painter, will arrive on the S.S. "La France" on Wednesday, October 20th. Among the matters to which M. Duchamp will devote his immediate attention will be the presentation of the forthcoming exhibition of Modern Art which is to open at the Brooklyn Museum on November 20th under the auspices of the Société Anonyme, an association which was organized by Duchamp and Miss Katherine Dreier, its President, in 1920 to establish in this country a place where the prophetic in art would always find a hearing. This exhibition will represent the work of artists from twenty-two countries and will be one of the largest of its sort since the celebrated "Armory Show" of 1913 when Duchamp's famous "Nude Descending a Staircase" was first shown to the American public. Duchamp will also occupy himself in the near future with the organization and presentation in New York of an exhibition of the works of the modernist sculptor Brancusi, who will also be represented in the Brooklyn Museum exhibition.

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1916 - 1930. 1926, 067.
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  • November 20, 1926 The Brooklyn Museum announces the public opening on Saturday, November 20th, of the International Exhibition of Modern Art arranged by the Société Anonyme.

    The aim of the Société Anonyme is educational. It is an institution organized for the promotion of the study of the experimental in art for students in America and renders aid to conserve the vigor and vitality of the new expressions of beauty in the art of to-day. The officers of the organization are Miss Katherine S. Dreier, President; Vassili Kandinsky, Vice-President; Marcel Duchamp, Secretary.

    In the forthcoming exhibition works have been assembled which represent groups of painters who have taken up certain new problems and the catalogue lists painters and sculptors of twenty-two different nations. In the French group are works by Jacques Villon, Arf, Picabia, Albert Gleizes, Marcel Duchamp, who contributes one of his paintings on glass, and Fernand Leger, who heads a group of artists who have specialized in the problem described as "interieurs mecaniques". Notable among the Dutch painters is Piet Mondrian, whose paintings represent the pursuit of the problems of "clarification". Switzerland is represented by Paul Klee and Johannes Itten, and among the Spanish painters are Juan Gris and Miro. The German group includes Max Ernst, Heinrich Hoerle, Kurt Schwitters, Willy Baumeister and two works by the late Franz Mark, who has not been represented in an exhibition in this country since 1913. Prominent in the American group are Man Ray, John Storrs, Arthur Dove, Georgia O'Keefe, John Marin, Alfred Stieglitz, William Zorach, Katherine S. Dreier, Preston Dickinson, Charles Demuth, Wallace Putnam and Louis M. Elishemius. There is a large Russian group including Pevsner, who exhibits his celluloid sculptures and who with Gabo takes up the sculptural problem of depth as against circumference; Lissitsky, a member of the "Suprematists'" group which was founded by Malevitch; also Kandinsky and Archipenko. Roumania is represented by Brancusi, Belgium by Victor Servranckx and Poland by Louis Marcoussis, while the Hungarian, Maholy-Negy appears as a member of the "Constructionist" school to which the Russian Lissitsky and the Italian Pinaggi also belong. Lauren Harris represents Canada and the Italian group includes Severini and De Chirico, who exhibits the results of his work on the problem known as "interieurs metaphysiques". Other countries contributing to the exhibition are England, Norway, Sweden, Demark, Japan, Bulgaria, Czecho-Slovakia, Iceland and Georgia. For the first time frames are to be shown especially designed to form a part of modern paintings by Pierre Legrain, the famous French book-binder who exhibited in New York last winter. A part of the exhibition will be devoted to arrangements of groups of furniture, representative of the antique and "period" types as well as the simplified furnishings of modern houses and shown in conjunction with the modern painting and sculpture as it might appear in contemporary interiors.

    The exhibition will open with a private view and reception for Museum members and their friends on Friday evening, November 19th, and will continue on public view until January 3rd. During its progress a number of lectures and gallery conferences on Modern Art in general and the exhibition in particular will be given. On Sunday afternoon, November 28th, Miss Katherine S. Dreier will speak on the exhibition in the Museum Auditorium at 3:30 o'clock and on the Saturday afternoons of December 4th, 11th and 18th at 3:30 Mr. Alfred Stieglitz, Mr. David Burliuk and others will speak in the galleries.

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1916 - 1930. 1926, 082-3.
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  • December 27, 1926 Because of the unusual interest in the International Exhibition of Modern Art arranged by the Société Anonyme and now current at the Brooklyn Museum (the attendance at the Museum from November 19th through December 26th has reached forty-eight thousand) it has been decided to extend the closing date from January 3rd to January 10th.

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1916 - 1930. 1926, 101.
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