concrete art

Discipline: Art


Dutch artist THEO van DOESBURG (1883-1931) coined this name in his manifesto (also signed by CARLSUND, HELION, TUTUNDJIAN and WANTZ) for a distillation of Constructivist ideas aiming to create self-sufficient art, using planes and colors, with no other significance than itself and using controlled and precise techniques.

In 1936 the Swiss artist MAX BILL (1908-1994) and Frenchman JEAN ARP (1887-1966) adopted this term, Bill organizing several exhibitions of 'konkrete Kunst'. After World War II these ideas were adopted by groups in Sweden (Concretists) and Italy (Movimento per l'arte concreta).

T van Doesburg, Art Concret (1930)


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