Absolute Avant-garde – Franciska Clausen 1921-1931
No Danish artist has played as central a role in the development of the avant-garde art of 1920s Europe as Franciska Clausen (1899-1986). At just 22 years of age, she ventured forth into Europe and sought out the artistic powerhouses of Berlin and Paris. Alongside artists such as Fernand Léger and Piet Mondrian, she helped create constructivism and the concrete art movement. “The heroic years” was the term Franciska Clausen would use to describe her time abroad. And undoubtedly, this was where her main efforts as an artist were to be found.
With a clear, constructivist objective, she spent the years 1922-1931 following an experimental path that led from the most puritan abstractions through even-handed analyses of form and works of neoplasticism to surrealism and the machine aesthetic. It is the works of this period which position Franciska Clausen among the pioneers of the international avant-garde. Incorporating more than 80 works of art, the exhibition singled out the years 1921-31, following Franciska Clausen’s pioneering efforts within the development of abstract painting.
The exhibition was accompanied by a thoroughly illustrated book: Sidsel Maria Søndergaard, Absolut Avantgarde 1921-31. Franciska Clausen, Hellerup 2011.