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Breaking Boundaries - Art Of The 1960S

Richard Hamilton, Swinging London, 1972, Kunstmuseum Den Haag
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If there is one thing that the 1960s is known for, it is the breaking of boundaries. As unprecedented economic growth in the west brought prosperity to the masses, the dreams of the 1950s could finally become a reality. But this sense of optimism was overshadowed by the threat of the Cold War. People began to realise that there was also a downside to things like industrial growth and the impact of the media. Artists sought to develop a new art that reflected the rapidly changing times. An art that would continually seek, push and break boundaries.

It was an age in which the world was rapidly becoming a smaller place. The unprecedented growth in western economies allowed the dreams of the 1950s to become a reality, bringing prosperity to the masses. At the same time, the downside of progress was becoming apparent, and the gap between rich and poor was growing around the world. Artists sought to develop a new art that reflected these rapidly changing times. An art that continually sought, pushed and broke boundaries. Sometimes literally, sometimes in the imagination. Featuring over a hundred artworks, Breaking Boundaries – Art of the 1960s explores this quest for a new art. It includes work by Yayoi Kusama and the artists of the Gutai Group, Jan Schoonhoven, Armando, stanley brouwn, Constant, Jo Baer, Lee Lozano and Niki de Saint Phalle, as well as Francis Bacon, Paul Thek, Stano Filko and Dieter Roth.

From the late 1950s artists started to experiment with a range of materials and new art forms. They began to work in series, and abandoned the artist’s individual signature style. In his visionary models,  Constant pondered a new, imaginary way of organising the society of the future. Artists like Jan Schoonhoven participated in controversial ‘happenings’, a phenomenon of the art world that spilled over into protest movements like Provo. On many fronts, the boundaries between art and society were abolished. While one artist collected footprints from passers-by on the street (stanley brouwn), another invited the audience to become an active part of the making process (Nike de Saint Phalle). Materials like electric motors, metal, car paint and plastic increasingly replaced the traditional media of the visual arts. 

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24 June 1 April
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