Modern Antiquity: Picasso, de Chirico, Léger, and Picabia in the Presence of the Antique

Exhibition, Getty Villa, Los Angelos
Exhibition, Getty Villa, Los Angelos

An extraordinary episode in the history of European modernism is the alliance between the avant-garde and the antique. Juxta-posing ancient objects with 20th-century paintings, this major international loan exhibition focuses on how four eminent artists reinvented and transformed antiquity between 1905 and 1935. Classicizing creations such as de Chirico's enigmatic piazzas, Picasso's post-cubist women, Léger's mechanized nudes, and Picabia's "transparencies" made the arts of antiquity modern. The Getty Villa—a reconstruction of an ancient Roman house—and its antiquities provide a unique environment to experience modern art in the context of the classical past.

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This is one of the best shows I've seen this year. Intimate, engaging, thought-provoking, incredible collection of art in a small space. It makes you see classical art in a very different light.

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