Guided tour in English
of the "The Other Trans-Atlantic: Kinetic and Op Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America 1950s – 1970s" exhibition
Jesús Rafael Soto, First Vibration, 1957 wood, metal, paint, courtesy of Avila - Atelier Soto
The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw would like to invite you to take part in guided tours of the exhibition „The Other Trans-Atlantic” every Saturday, 4 pm, Museum on the Vistula (Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 22).
"The Other Trans-Atlantic. Kinetic and Op Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America 1950s – 1970s" examines a brief yet historically significant moment in the post-war era during which artists from Eastern Europe and Latin America – unlike established art centers of Paris, London and New York – cultivated a shared enthusiasm for Kinetic and Op Art.
The blossoming of Kinetic art and Op art in those regions was, among others, a manifestation of a fascination with movement – its aesthetic effects and the dynamic opportunities it generated to create new, interactive relations with audiences. These mobile and/or mobilizing objects were frequently created by multidisciplinary teams joining artists together with scientists and engineers, and were rarely conceived as finished masterpieces to be admired by a disinterested beholder but, rather, to be displayed in museums and public spaces as an open invitation to audience interaction and participation. Uncentered, unattached and featuring constantly evolving parameters, these objects were primarily artistic experiments that expressed an earnest belief in the utopian power of art at a precise time when the West’s reigning art ideology had definitively abandoned the idea of utopia as such. In contrast, the South American and Eastern European movements’ fascination with science, new technologies and cybernetics symbolized a continued commitment to building a better future through art.