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Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Exhibition Illustrates the Connection Between Artists in it’s Collection

Artistic Relationships:. Partners, Mentors, Lovers is an exhibition, on view through July 29, 2013, of 85 works by artists such as Joan Miró, Bridget Riley, Fernand Léger, Le Corbusier, Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson who were not only connected by the creative spirit but also by personal circumstances. On view are paintings, prints, textiles and sculpture that reflect the 20th century’s experimentation with abstract art and the human figure. The works reveal a variety of approach, intent and result.

The relationships presented in the exhibition cross nationality and generation and are concentrated primarily on European figures but also include important American artists Alexander Calder and Sam Francis. Bringing whimsy and dynamism to the exhibition are works by Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely, popular artists from the Bechtler collection who were married to one another. Their 30-year relationship was ignited by passion but sustained by their artistic collaborations.

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