The German-born artist Hilla Rebay (1890–1967) was one of the founders of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum—originally named the Museum of Non-Objective Painting— in 1939, as well as its first curator and director.
The exhibition comprises Rebay’s representational and non-objective works on paper, including watercolors, drawings, and collages; non-objective paintings; and the formal portrait of Solomon R. Guggenheim (1861–1949) that first brought the artist and the patron together. Also included are several key works by her colleagues and friends such as Jean Arp, Rudolf Bauer, Vasily Kandinsky, Hans Richter, and Kurt Schwitters, as well as works by fellow artists Paul Klee, Fernand Léger, László Moholy-Nagy, Otto Nebel, Ben Nicholson, Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart, Georges Valmier, and Maria Helena Vieira da Silva. Such works were acquired by Rebay and Guggenheim between 1929 and 1939 and shown in the first landmark exhibition of the Museum of Non-Objective Painting in New York in 1939.
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue in color and with essays by the curators; noted scholars Vivian E. Barnett and Robert Rosenblum; and Hilla Rebay’s nephew Roland von Rebay, an architect who apprenticed under Frank Lloyd Wright and can be purchased at the price of 28.50 Euros.
Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin Web Site