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From Hopper to Rothko: America’s Road to Modern Art

17. June – 3. Oct 2017

From Hopper to Rothko traced the development of American painting in the first half of the twentieth century. In this exhibition the Museum Barberini presented the holdings of the Phillips Collection for the first time in Germany.

American art from the first half of the twentieth century is still little known in Europe due to the fact that European museum collections lack points of reference to artists who were central to American modernism, such as Albert Pinkham Ryder, Arthur G. Dove, Milton Avery, and Richard Diebenkorn. In the exhibition From Hopper to Rothko the Museum Barberini examined the development of American art with the first comprehensive presentation of the Phillips Collection in Germany.

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“Like Duncan Phillips, Hasso Plattner collects the French Impressionists along with contemporary American painting. The cooperation of the nearly one-hundred-year-old Phillips Collection with the new Museum Barberini on the exhibition From Hopper to Rothko: America’s Road to Modern Art is a wonderful opportunity to offer a panorama of diverse topics and styles from Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism, taking visitors from landscapes, portraits, and cityscapes to Color Field Painting”

Ortrud Westheider, Director, Museum Barberini
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