Past exhibition

The Roaring Twenties

05.07.2021 - 09.19.2021

The 1920s were a decade of both progression and backlash. A catastrophic World War followed by a pandemic with remarkable parallels to the current coronavirus crisis awakened people’s thirst for life. At no time in the 20th century was the desire for change more intense. Cities grew at breakneck speed and new visions were created. Conventional role models in society and the family were questioned and upended; disadvantaged social groups made their voices heard in culture and politics. Improved conditions for workers went hand in hand with a growing leisure industry. The spirit of innovation fed through directly into art, with experimentation in all disciplines. Remarkably, the products of this era have lost almost none of their relevance today.

The Exhibition

Moving on from Trauma

Gallery 204 and 205
Tres mujeres con naturaleza muerta

Fernand Léger
Three Women with Still Life (Les trois femmes et la nature morte), 1921
Oil on canvas
Fondation Beyeler
© Fernand Léger, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2021

Constantin Brancusi

Constantin Brancusi
Bird in Space (L’Oiseau dans l’espace), 1932–40
Polished brass
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, 1976
© Succession Brancusi - All rights reserved. VEGAP, Bilbao, 2021

Rhythm 23

Hans Richter
Rhythm 23 (Rhythmus 23), 1923
Oil on canvas
Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana, Lugano Canton of Ticino Collection
© Estate Hans Richter


Gallery 209

Ernest Neuschul
Takka-Takka Dancing (Takka-takka tanzt), 1926
Oil on canvas
Private collection
© Nachlass Ernest Neuschul

Sin título

Warwara Fjodorowna Stepanowa
Untitled, 1926
Collage (newsprint) on paper
Private collection, Zurich
© VARST (Varvara Stepanova), VEGAP, Bilbao, 2021

Vestido “Nuit de Chine”, principios de la década de 1920

Jean Patou
“Nuit de Chine” gown, early 1920s
Straight sleeveless dress with boat-neck and ruffles on the lower hem
Palais Galliera - musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

Baile de Palucca

Palucca Dance (Palucca-Tanz), 1926–27
Brochure of Gret Palucca
Photographs by Charlotte Rudolph, among others
Inside illustrations by Vasily Kandinsky
Kunsthaus Zürich, Library
© Charlotte Rudolph, Vasily Kandinsky, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2021