CURRENT AND UPCOMING
An asterisk indicates the publication of an exhibition catalogue or brochure sponsored by The Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust Hofmann Trust.
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley, CA, Hans Hofmann: The Nature of Abstraction, 25 February – 21 July 2019.* Traveling: Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA (27 September 2019 – 6 January 2020).
A comprehensive examination to date of Hofmann's innovative and prolific artistic practice. The exhibition will feature approximately 80 paintings and work on paper, from public and private collections across North America and Europe. Curated by BAMPFA’s Curator Emerita Lucinda Barnes, the chronological exhibition opens with works created by Hofmann during his formative years in the 1930s and ’40s, after he emigrated from his native Germany to the United States, where he taught at UC Berkeley, then the Art Students League of New York, before establishing his famously influential schools in New York City and Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Accompanied by a fully illustrated scholarly catalogue on Hofmann’s career, the exhibition marks the most significant opportunity to reexamine the artist’s legacy since his death in 1966. Since that time, discourse around Hofmann has focused primarily on the remarkable color plane abstractions he created the 1950s and ’60s, which were the focus of major exhibitions at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art during his lifetime. Hans Hofmann: The Nature of Abstraction offers an even broader perspective on Hofmann’s body of work, reconnecting many of the artist’s most iconic late-career paintings from the MoMA and Whitney exhibitions with dozens of remarkably robust, prescient, and understudied works from the 1930s and ’40s to chart the trajectory of his singular style. This comprehensive view of Hofmann’s oeuvre advances a growing public and scholarly reassessment of the artist ignited by the rich revelations of the catalogue raisonné of his paintings, which was published in 2014.
Hans Hofmann: The Nature of Abstraction marks a major milestone in BAMPFA’s unique history with the artist, who in 1963 donated to UC Berkeley nearly fifty of his most significant paintings, along with a substantial cash contribution toward the construction of a new museum building. In addition to supporting the realization of UC Berkeley’s first purpose-built art museum, this transformative gift established twentieth-century painting as a major strength of BAMPFA’s encyclopedic collection, which today includes the world’s most extensive museum holdings of Hofmann’s work.
A symposium on Hofmann is scheduled for 9 March 2019.
American Contemporary Art Gallery, Munich, Germany, Hans Hofmann: Color and Form. 15 September, 2019 through March 2020.
Musee Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern, Germany, June – October 2021.* Traveling: Museum Lothar Fischer, Neumarkt, Germany (October 2021 – January 2022).
Planning is underway for an exhibition of Hans Hofmann’s Chimbote series. The series is a body of work created by Hofmann between 1948 and 1950 for a collaborative public art project in Chimbote, Peru. Hofmann’s New York City gallerist, Sam Kootz asked the artist to create murals for a proposed civic center and bell tower designed by architects José Luis Sert and Paul Lester Wiener. The project was never actualized. This exhibition will be only the second time the collection has been exhibited in its entirety in Europe.
The exhibition is curated by the museum Director, Dr. Britta E. Buhlmann and Deputy Director, Dr. Annette Reich. A catalogue with an essay by the Director of Museum Lothar Fischer, Dr. Pia Dornacher will accompany the exhibition.