Corneille, The Butterfly Bird (L'Oiseau papillon), 1978 - courtesy NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale



Human Animals: The Art of Cobra at NSU Art Museum July 9 - September 10, 2017

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From July 9 till September 10, NSU Art Museum will present "Human Animals: The Art of Cobra".

Part of NSU Art Museum’s Regeneration Exhibition Series, and featuring works from its Golda and Meyer Marks Cobra Collection, the largest Cobra art collection in America, this exhibition explores Cobra artists’ innovative use of animal images and how they expressed elements of popular visual culture.

Cobra, an interdisciplinary European avant-garde movement named after its artists’ home cities (Copenhagen, Brussels, Amsterdam) emerged in response to the destruction of World War II and was active from 1948-1951. The exhibition reveals how animal imagery in Cobra art critiques ideas about human and collective cultures, especially those relating to the animalistic, instinctual, or “primitive,” offering a new perspective on an influential, but relatively unknown European art development whose significance to modern art in America and Europe is just beginning to be explored and understood.

This exhibition is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Linda J. Marks and Stephen R. Marks.


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