Explosion! The Legacy of Jackson Pollock explores the web of influences and connections that emerged from “action painting” and the work of its main exponent, Jackson Pollock (1912-1956). From the late 1940s, the notion of painting as action opened up an enormous field of possibilities that resulted in performance art and in the innovative arts practices known as Conceptual Art. Many of these artists came to place as much importance on the creative act as on the finished painting. In this border zone between painting and performance, the element of chance and the spectator often ended up being co-creators of the work. This experimental, conceptual approach to painting and art later inspired many other artists.
The exhibition offers a geographic and chronological overview of the scope of the phenomenon. It includes works in a variety of media by artists working in the period from the late forties to the present, including Jackson Pollock, Yves Klein, Niki de Saint Phalle, Jean Tinguely, Allan Kaprow, Andy Warhol, Lynda Benglis, Saburo Murakami, Bruce Nauman, John Baldessari, and Paul McCarthy, among others.
The exhibition is curated by Magnus af Petersens, curator of contemporary art at Moderna Museet, and sponsored by the Fundación BBVA.