The Bechtler collection includes the works of several artists who knew each other well, who often exhibited together and learned from each other in the context of shared stylistic movements, personal experiences and intellectual inquiry. In some cases their approach to art would eventually differ over the years, nonetheless their work and their contributions to the field remained forever linked.
On view February 16 through July 29, 2013, Artistic Relationships: Partners, Mentors, Lovers is an exhibition of 85 works by artists such as Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Fernand Léger and Le Corbusier who were not only connected by the creative spirit but also by personal circumstances. On view are paintings, prints, textiles and sculpture from the Bechtler collection that reflect the twentieth century’s experimentation with abstract art and the human figure and which reveal a remarkable variety of approach, intent and result.
Artistic Relationships: Partners, Mentors, Lovers marks the first time that works by celebrated British artist Henry Moore are on view in the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. The works include six prints from the museum’s permanent collection and one small-scale sculpture on loan from founding museum patron Andreas Bechtler. Also on view for the first time in the museum are works from the permanent collection by French avant-garde painter Jean Dubuffet.
Artist parings in Artistic Relationships: Partners, Mentors, Lovers:
Jean Dubuffet and Karel Appel
Joan Miró and Alexander Calder
Fernand Léger and Le Corbusier
Alfred Manessier and Gustave Singier
Jean-Paul Riopelle and Sam Francis
Roger Bissiere and Maria Helena Vieira da Silva
Bernard Meadows and Henry Moore
Victor Pasmore and Bridget Riley
Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth
Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle
Hans Hartung and Anna-Eva Bergman