|This is the first comprehensive retrospective of the American artist's work since his death five years ago. This was made possible by exclusive access to Kitaj's extensive personal archive of texts and images, which served as a great source of inspiration for his paintings and collages, and was opened up for the first time for this exhibition. The retrospective survey shows how Kitaj's search for his Jewish identity can be compared to an artistic investigation into the conditions of 20th-century existence, marked by alienation, the loss of heimat and of existential certainties. Kitaj invented and developed the notion of 'artistic diasporism' as a form of self-assertion beyond any concept of nation, religion or ideology: "utterly American, longingly Jewish, School of London, I spin my years away from both my heartlands (...) in the diaspora I discovered that one is free to dare anything; in many other places this is not possible." |
Around 130 paintings, prints and drawings have been gathered together for this exhibition, with loans from leading international museums and private collections such as the MoMa, the Tate and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection.
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