Hirshhorn Plaza

This exhibition surveyed the Expressionist impulse in Central European art of the preceding three decades. On view were works by more than 30 artists from Austria, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, and Poland. Featured artists included Arnulf Rainer, an Austrian who specializes in painted-over photographs, and Magdalene Abakanowicz, a Pole who constructed fiber figures. However, many of the artists exhibited were then unknown outside their home countries; this exhibition represented their first significant exposure in North America. The exhibition was organized by the Museum of Modern Art, Vienna. The Hirshhorn was the exhibition’s only venue in the United States.