This installation brings together diverse works around the theme of the modern monument. Included are Barnett Newman’s Broken Obelisk (1967), which does not commemorate a specific event but, rather, serves as a symbolic monument for all people, and Pablo Picasso's Monument (1972), a memorial for the French poet Guillaume Apollinaire, who died of influenza at the end of World War I. These two works are joined by Figurengruppe/Group of Figures (2006–08) by German artist Katharina Fritsch, comprising nine boldly-colored, life-size figures, among them St. Michael, a Madonna, a giant, and a snake. Favorites like Picasso’s She-Goat (1950) and Joan Miró’s Moonbird (1966), are shown alongside works by Alberto Giacometti, Henri Matisse, Tony Smith, and others. Making its debut in the sculpture garden is the 36-foot-tall Rose II (2007), by Isa Genzken. Also on view for the first time at the Museum is Thomas Schütte's United Enemies I (2011), two pairs of massive bronze abstracted human figures, each bound together with rope.
Organized by Ann Temkin, The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture.
The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden Exhibitions are made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America.
Image: Shown, from back: Joan Miró. Moonbird. 1966. Bronze, 7' 6" x 6' 6" x 57" (228.5 x 198.2 x 144.9 cm). Nina and Gordon Bunshaft Bequest. © 2012 Successió Miró/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris; Aristide Maillol. The River. Begun 1938–39; completed 1943 (cast 1948). Lead, 53 3/4" x 7' 6" x 66" (136.5 x 228.6 x 167.7 cm), on lead base designed by the artist 9 3/4 x 67 x 27 3/4" (24.8 x 170.1 x 70.4 cm). Printer: Alexis Rudier. Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris