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1913: The Year of Modernism

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The year 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of 1913—a critical year for the development of Modern art and literature. One year later, the First World War would break out, and the enthusiastic exhilaration of the pre-war period would give way to an aesthetic that underscored the brutality and irrationality of modern life. The exhibition will present this duality of the Modernist moment with a rich selection of approximately fifty prints, drawings, and photographs drawn primarily from the collections of the Princeton University Art Museum, as well as rare books and periodicals from the superb special collections of the Princeton University Library. Photographs of Parisian interiors and street views by Eugène Atget will be juxtaposed with drawings by Amadeo Modigliani, Marc Chagall, and Giacomo Balla, as well as with provocative avant-garde periodicals such as Der Sturm, Blast, and 291. The works on display will illustrate the productive tension between two poles: Paris, as a center and subject of Modern art and literature, and the world beyond, as represented by artists throughout Europe and America at a time of global transformation.

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