The Modern Monument
The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, first floor, exterior
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.