Exhibition

Open Ended

Painting and Sculpture, 1900 to Now

Ongoing

Floor 2

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This presentation of masterworks and experimental pieces from SFMOMA’s collection of painting and sculpture explores themes that have shaped the history of modern art from the early twentieth century to our own time. Organized as a series of chapters, the exhibition focuses on revolutionary ideas, geographical centers, individual artists, and relationships between artists. Together, the works in Open Ended explore the complexities and even contradictions of modern and contemporary art, suggesting new interpretations of the museum’s collection, and examining the passions and beliefs that have spurred artists’ creativity in a rapidly changing world.


Exhibition Preview

Ruth Asawa, Untitled (S.114, Hanging, Six-Lobed Continuous Form within a Form with One Suspended and Two Tied Spheres), ca. 1958; collection SFMOMA, Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for Major Accessions; © Estate of Ruth Asawa; photo: Katherine Du Tiel

Henri Matisse, Femme au chapeau (Woman with a Hat), 1905; collection SFMOMA, bequest of Elise S. Haas; © Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; photo: Ben Blackwell

Marcel Duchamp, Fountain, 1917/1964; collection SFMOMA, purchase through a gift of Phyllis C. Wattis; © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / Estate of Marcel Duchamp; photo: Ben Blackwell

Frida Kahlo, Frieda and Diego Rivera, 1931; collection SFMOMA, Albert M. Bender Collection, gift of Albert M. Bender; © Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; photo: Don Ross

Jackson Pollock, Guardians of the Secret, 1943; collection SFMOMA, Albert M. Bender Collection, Albert M. Bender Bequest Fund purchase; Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Mark Rothko, No. 14, 1960, 1960; collection SFMOMA, Helen Crocker Russell Fund purchase; © 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; photo: Ben Blackwell

Leo Valledor, Skeedo, 1965; collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund and purchase, by exchange, through fractional gifts of Elaine McKeon and Shirley Ross Davis and, by exchange, through a gift of Forrest Engelhart; © Estate of Leo Valledor


Reinstallation of the painting and sculpture collection is supported in part by the Henry Luce Foundation and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Header image: © Henrik Kam

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