Sunday, December 29, 2013

Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis

Daily Vacation had the privilege to visit Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis at the Philadelphia Museum of Art twice this winter.  After our first visit, we knew we had to come back to experience the whole thing over again.

Visitors to the exhibit get a glimpse of the experimental art movement of the 1920s lead by French artist Ferdinand Léger.  With urban landscapes and the city as their backdrop and inspiration, Léger and his contemporaries created an exciting avant-garde look at the metropolis.

The exhibit itself is set up in a way that really helps visitors understand where the artists were coming from and what they were trying to accomplish with their work.  Cinematic and musical moments throughout the gallery keep the exhibit from feeling static and allow for a full immersion into the art movement of the time.  An accompanying free audio tour gives even more information and insight.

We had a handful of pieces from the exhibit that really caught our attention and stood out as favorites including  "Composition VI" by Piet Mondrian (#702 on the audio tour) and the famous "Nude Descending a Staircase" by Marcel Duchamp (#704), as well a piece from Ragnhild Keyser, a former pupil of Léger's (#719).  We also marveled at the laboratory set designed by Léger for the silent French film "L'Inhumaine" shown in an excerpt from the climax of the movie toward the end of the exhibit.
Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis will remain at the Philadelphia Museum of Art until Jan 5th.

More information about Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis.

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