If you want to see Prussian glory, you really have to visit Potsdam. What with Sanssouci, Belvedere, Babelsberg castle and so on, it is packed with palaces, parks, villas and the like. Glued to Berlin’s south-west, it turns more and more into a rich people’s dwelling.
However, yesterday sweetheart and I went there, to have a look at American Modernism in painting. As there is such an exhibition on until October this year at Barberini Museum bang in the center of Potsdam.
It was an overview of modern painting in the US and albeit it was just a small exhibition, one got a good glimpse into the developement of modern painting in the United States.
I have to say – develompement was a tad slower and may I call it softer? less radical? than over here in Europe. With quite a time lag. Everything pre WWII sweetheart even called hillbilly, compared to European branches of modern painting at the same time. However, I still liked the way, the exhibition showed how, from simplifying nature came abstraction, later also new structures and traces of industrialistation, later even other media, plain form and colour.
I did include one Jackson Pollock painting, although I can’t stand his pictures. But there seems now review of American modern art without one of his pictures. Why, is beyond me…
Arthur G. Dove, Sand Barge, 1930