The exposition presents and explores the meaning of fragments using the works of Joseph Boyce, Marianne Castillo Deball, Anish Kapoor, William Kentridge, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Sai Twombly, Andy Warhol and others.
It was "a time of fragments," the artist saidMarcel Duchampwriter Anais Nin when she visited him at his Paris studio in 1934. In a world whose unity and integrity was questioned by both physics and the breakdown of society, Duchamp saw in the fragment the only possible form of artistic activity. In the Renaissance and Romanticism, the fragment expressed the desire for unity and fullness as a remnant of the former whole or as an incomplete image. Accordingly, motives such as ruins and torsos belonged to the ideal of perfection. Not later than the 20th century, this desire gave way to the realization that the world is always unfinished.