The Gerard Bonnier Collection
Gerard Bonnier (1917-1987), director of the Albert Bonnier publishing house in 1953-1978, bequeathed works from his collection to Moderna Museet in 1989. The collection comprises mainly classical modernism and is conspicuously the result of diligent and knowledgeable efforts. Gerard Bonnier was the chairman of Föreningen för nutida konst (Society of Contemporary Art) in 1948-1951, a forerunner of the Friends of Moderna Museet, which he chaired from 1961 to 1977. Through these two activities, he also promoted many of the acquisitions that have put their stamp on the Moderna Museet collection. In the book Donation Gerard Bonnier (1989), Ulf Linde (1929-2013), art critic and close friend of Gerard Bonnier, describes Bonnier’s collection as: “... a work with its own laws that he [Gerard Bonnier] wanted to explore and yield to.” The collection includes Joan Mirós Head of Catalan Peasant, 1925, Pablo Picassos The Painter from 1930, and Juan Gris Fruit Bowl on Blue Table Cloth from 1916.
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© Aleksandra Ekster
On View:Stockholm
Aleksandra Ekster
1882 - 1949
Russia Venezia, 1915
Olja på duk
123 x 97 cm
Purchase 1980 with contribution from The Friends of Moderna Museets, Gerard Bonnier, Pontus Bonnier and Åke Bonnier
MOM 173 On view at Stockholm
- About the work
Aleksandra Ekster was a true cosmopolitan. Before the First World War and the Russian Revolution, she was constantly on the move between Russia and France, and in 1924 she emigrated to France and settled in Paris. After the October Revolution in 1917, Russian art was to serve the state. Since traditional painting was branded as bourgeois, many artists chose instead to work for the theatre. Unlike in many other countries, women had a strong position in the avant-garde in Russia, and Ekster had a successful career as a stage designer in Moscow. She later established herself as an artist and designer with a particular talent for vibrant colours and dynamic compositions. Her paintings combine cubism with futurism, and she introduced these new styles in her native country. In a series of early works, Ekster explores city themes, and this painting portrays Venice with its characteristic elements – bridges, water and pollards – in a closed, shallow pictorial space.
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