December 2, 2010 - Moderna Museet Malmö - Alice Neel’s Painted Truths
December 2, 2010

Alice Neel’s Painted Truths

Alice Neel, Don Perlis and Jonathan, 1982.
© Estate of Alice Neel/Moderna Museet.
Acquired with funds from the Second Museum of our Wishes”

Alice Neel
Painted Truths

9 October 2010 – 2 January 2011

Gasverksgatan 22
SE-211 29 Malmö

This autumn, Moderna Museet Malmö presents Alice Neel: Painted Truths – the largest exhibition of the American artist ever to be shown in Scandinavia. With 59 works spanning more than 60 years, the exhibition fills the entire Turbine Hall and the new gallery at Moderna Museet Malmö.

Curators: Jeremy Lewison and Magnus Jensner

Today, Alice Neel (1900-1984) is an iconic figure in American painting. For most of her life, however, she worked without recognition from neither critics nor the public. Persistently and unremittingly, Neel continued to paint portraits—or pictures of people, as she preferred to call them—in an era dominated by abstract expressionism, pop art and the readily available photograph.

Alice Neel’s oeuvre is characterised by a genuine fascination with people and a striving to make sense of the human drama of everyday life. Neighbours, friends, artist colleagues and family members were portrayed in her psychologically incisive portraits. Neel painted all kinds of people, of all ages, and without masking their vanity, vulnerability or eccentricities, she captured their inner and outer features and qualities. Her works give an idea of the social and economic diversity of American life in the mid-20th century.

In 2008, Moderna Museet Stockholm featured a smaller exhibition of Neel’s work, but this is the first time Neel’s oeuvre is shown more extensively in Scandinavia. Alice Neel: Painted Truths highlights nine different themes, such as Nudes, Old Age and The Psychological Portrait. In addition to her famous portraits, the exhibition includes her less well-known city scapes. Altogether, 59 works are presented, spanning more than 60 years of Neel’s career—from the 1920s to the 1980s. Two films are shown as part of the exhibition, by the French artist Michel Auder, and by Alice Neel’s son, Hartley Neel. Both films show Alice Neel in action, painting.

A richly illustrated and comprehensive catalogue has been produced for the exhibition, with essays by Jeremy Lewison, Barry Walker, Robert Storr, and artist appreciations by Frank Auerbach and Marlene Dumas.

Alice Neel: Painted Truths has been organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Generous funding has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. The exhibition at Moderna Museet Malmö is sponsored by E.ON.

Opening hours:
Tuesday-Sunday 11am-6pm
Wednesdays 11am-9pm
Mondays closed

Moderna Museet Malmö
Gasverksgatan 22
SE-211 29 Malmö

Alice Neel's Painted Truths
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