Spirit of COBRA
Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale is about to wow the masses. With the museum's newly appointed, internationally acclaimed curator and director, Bonnie Clearwater, and a sweet, whopping $1.5 million grant donated recently by the David and Francie Horvitz Family Foundation, stellar arts programming is on the way. Up next on the exhibition schedule is a multimedia show, Spirit of CoBrA, a progressive European art movement spawned post-World War II, from 1948 to 1951. The collective Cobra artists -- poets, painters, photographers, and sculptors -- made egalitarian art for all to appreciate and bolstered an optimistic aesthetic in reaction to devastating warfare. Hailing from the Netherlands, guest curators Katja Weitering and Brenda Zwart culled the works from the Cobra Museum of Art in Amstelveen, as well as rarely seen pieces from American collectors. The show features works by Pierre Alechinsky, Karel Appel, and Christian Dotremont, to name a few, concerning political backlash poetry and visual art exploring myth and pop culture. This juxtaposition of subjects served the Cobra movement well and propels its legacy to the threshold of our modern days. The exhibit opens Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is on view through May 18, 2014, at Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Visit moafl.org, or call 954-525-5500. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for military members and seniors and $5 for students.
Nov. 8-May 18, 2013
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