Abstraction creation

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Rythme I by Robert Delaunay , 1934

Abstraction-Création was on 15 February 1931 on the initiative of the Belgian painter, sculptor and architect Georges Vantongerloo in Paris , founded cosmopolitan association of artists of Modernism , which existed until 1937. Other founding members - many of whom previously belonged to the group " Cercle et Carré ", others from Theo van Doesburgs Art concret - were Sophie Taeuber-Arp , Hans Arp , Theo van Doesburg, Antoine Pevsner , Naum Gabo and Auguste Herbin . The group quickly grew to nearly 400 members.

The aim of "Abstraction-Création" was to create a forum for abstract art . This included joint exhibitions, readings and discussions, as well as public relations work and publications. The group became a spiritual and organizational center and a meeting point for the concerns of representatives of the concrete , constructivist and geometric art movements.

In the years from 1932 to 1937 the artists' association published the almanac "Abstraction-Création, Art non-figuratif". The association did a lot of theoretical and methodological preparatory work for non-representational art. The artists engaged in color studies, in which physical-optical phenomena were explored that affect the eyesight of the beholder. These include, for example, flicker effects and three-dimensional color vision.

The content and publicity of “Abstraction-Création” and its exhibitions contributed significantly to increasing the social recognition of abstract art.

The group "Abstraction-Création" dissolved in 1937.

Most of the most important artists of the group "Abstraction-Création" were later represented, mostly several times, at the Documenta in Kassel , especially from 1955 to 1964 at documenta 1 , documenta II and documenta III , which focused on abstract art.


Members of the Abstraction-Création group included (in chronological order of their years of birth):

NB: Former members of the “Cercle et Carré” group are marked with an asterisk.

Literature and Sources

  • Abstraction-Création (exhibition catalog). Westphalian State Museum, Münster 1978
  • Münster, Anke: Art is play and deep seriousness. The imaginist Alexandra Povòrina (1885–1963). Life and Work (Diss.), Gießen 2004
  • Murken-Altrogge, Christa / Murken, Axel Hinrich: Processes of Freedom - From Expressionism to Soul and Body Art. Cologne 1985, ISBN 3-7701-1756-5

Web links

Commons : Abstraction-Création  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. reprint: Abstraction, creation, art non-figurative  : 1-5, Verlag Sl. : Sn., 1932-1936, Paris, 5 no. In 1 v., OCLC number: 150616164 worldcat
  2. a b c d e f g h i j M. Lluïsa Faxedas-Brujats: Mujeres artistas de la vanguardia internacional: el caso de Abstraction-Création (1931-1936) . Women artists of the international avant-garde: the case of Abstraction-Création (1931-1936). September 3, 2014, p. 487 (Spanish).