29 Mar 2022

Alexander Archipenko. Modern spaces

Kathrin Elvers-Švamberk
Paris, France
The School of Modernities At the Institute

On his arrival in Paris in 1909, the sculptor Alexander Archipenko (1887 Kiev - 1964 New York) contributed, alongside Brancusi, Csaky, Laurens and Zadkine, to the redefinition of sculpture. Marked by the formal experiments of the Cubists, he discovered non-Western works of art in the Louvre and in ethnographic collections. He drew inspiration from them in his research into the representation of movement, and the architectonic figures of his first works gave way from 1912 onwards to more radical forms in the treatment of volume. His place in the redefinition of sculpture at the beginning of the century has often been emphasised, but where others (Brancusi, Zadkine) have been the subject of many recent works, it is time to return to the contribution of this important player in modernity in Paris, whose studio Giacometti occupied in 1925.

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Kathrin Elvers-Švamberk has been Deputy Director of the Saarlandmuseum since 2013. She wrote a thesis on the work of Édouard Manet (Hatje-Cantz, 2002) and her work focuses on modern and contemporary art. She worked at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart before joining the Saarland Cultural Heritage Foundation in 2004 as a researcher and later as Head of the collections of the Moderne Galerie. She has curated and contributed to numerous exhibitions on painting and graphic arts, including "Mark Tobey" (2001); "Paul Klee, Tempel - Städte - Paläste" (2007) and sculpture such as "Von Rodin bis Baselitz. Der Torso in der Skulptur der Moderne" (2001), "Alexander Archipenko, Retrospektive" (2008) and "Rodin/Nauman" (2019).

29 March 2022 at 6:30pm

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