Members’ Preview: Destroy the Picture


Featured image

Saburo Murakami, Tsuka (Passage), 1956. © Makiko Murakami
Photo © The former members of the Gutai Art Association, courtesy Museum of Osaka University


Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949–1962 focuses on one of the most significant developments in contemporary abstract painting: the artist’s literal assault on the picture plane. Responding to the physical and psychological destruction wrought by World War II—especially the existential crisis resulting from the atomic bomb—artists ripped, cut, burned, and affixed objects to the canvas in lieu of paint. Destroy the Picture emphasizes this internationally shared artistic sensibility in the context of devastating global change and dynamic artistic dialogues, offering an innovative and expansive view of art making in the postwar period. MCA Chicago invites all MCA Members to join us in celebrating the opening of Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void,1949-1962.

Members’ Preview, 7–9 pm

Members enjoy a first look at the exhibition, cash bar and appetizers from Wolfgang Puck's. MCA Members, RVSP for you and a guest by contacting 312-397-4040 or Additional guest tickets are available for $20 at the door.

Exclusively for MCA Circle Donor members and above

Join us from 5:30 to 7 pm for the VIP Circle Preview to be the very first to view the exhibition while enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

5:45 pm Remarks by Pritzker Director Madeleine Grynsztejn and Paul Schimmel, former Chief Curator of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, fourth floor atrium.

Circle Donors, RSVP for this exclusive preview by contacting 312-799-3504 or