Alice Neel, Don Perlis and Jonathan, 1982 © Alice Neel/Moderna Museet. Acquired with funds from the Second Museum of our Wishes
Alice Neel: Painted Truths
Press preview 7 October 10.00-11.30 am
Welcome to the press preview on Thursday, 7 October, 10.00-11.30 am, at Moderna Museet Malmö. The exhibition will be presented by Magnus Jensner, director of Moderna Museet Malmö and curator of the exhibition together with curator Jeremy Lewison. Please note that the press tour will be in English.
Alice Neel: Painted Truths
9 October, 2010 - 2 January, 2011
Moderna Museet Malmö
Curators: Magnus Jensner and Jeremy Lewison
This autumn, Moderna Museet Malmö presents Alice Neel: Painted Truths – the largest exhibition of this American artist ever to be shown in Scandinavia. With 59 works spanning more than 70 years, the exhibition fills the entire Turbine Hall and the new gallery at Moderna Museet Malmö.
Today, Alice Neel (1900-1984) is an iconic figure in American painting. For most of her life, however, she worked without recognition from either critics or the public. Persistently and unremittingly, Neel continued to paint portraits – or pictures of people, as she preferred to call them – in an era that was dominated by abstract expressionism, pop art and the readily available photograph.
Alice Neel’s oeuvre is characterised by a genuine fascination with people and a striving to make sense of the human drama of everyday life. Neighbours, friends, artist colleagues and family members were portrayed in her psychologically incisive portraits. Neel painted all kinds of people, of all ages, and without masking their vanity, vulnerability or eccentricities, she captured their inner and outer features and qualities. Her works give an idea of the social and economic diversity
of American life in the mid-20th century.
In 2008, Moderna Museet Stockholm featured a smaller exhibition of Neel’s work, but this is the first time Neel’s oeuvre is shown more extensively in Scandinavia. Alice Neel: Painted Truths highlights nine different themes, such as Nudes, Old Age and The Psychological Portrait. In addition to her famous portraits, the exhibition includes her less well-known street paintings. Altogether, 59 works are presented, spanning more than 70 years of Neel’s career – from
the 1920s to the 1980s.
Two films will also be shown as part of the exhibition, by the French artist Michel Auder, and by Alice Neel’s son, Hartley Neel. Both films show Alice Neel in action, painting.
A richly illustrated and comprehensive catalogue has been produced for the exhibition, with essays by Jeremy Lewison, Barry Walker, Robert Storr, Frank Auerbach and Marlene Dumas.
RSVP by 6 October to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please state in your RSVP if you wish to interview anyone.
On the opening day of the exhibition, 9 October, Magnus Jensner and Jeremy Lewison will give an introduction to the exhibition at 3 pm.
Alice Neel: Painted Truths has been organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Generous funding has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. The exhibition at Moderna Museet Malmö is sponsored by E.ON.
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Moderna Museet Malmö, which is a division of the state-owned Moderna Museet, is funded equally by the City of Malmö, Skåne Regional Council and the Swedish Government. The main sponsor of Moderna Museet Malmö is E.ON.