Featuring key works on loan from American and European museums and private collections, this exhibition focuses on paintings created by Willem de Kooning between 1960 and 1980. It attempts to reveal how de Kooning’s intense experience of nature led to abstraction in his works – although they are, broadly speaking, landscapes – and how the characteristic brushwork was, so to speak, unleashed.
De Kooning is considered to be one of the leading exponents of American Abstract Expressionism and is celebrated in the US as a key figure in twentieth-century painting. In Europe, however, the significance of the artist, who was born in Rotterdam in 1904 and died in New York in 1997, has yet to be fully appreciated.
Kunstmuseum Basel Web Site