In 1923 he was invited to join the De Stijl group, becoming its youngest member. After his success in Paris at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs, Kiesler and his wife Stefi arrived in New York in 1926, following an invitation from Jane Heap, the editor of The Little Review. Kiesler continued living and working in New York until his death, in 1965, becoming a central figure in a group of European and American artists and architects including Arshile Gorky, Marcel Duchamp, Arnold Schönberg, Fernand Léger, Max Ernst, Roberto Matta, Merce Cunningham, John Cage, and the group of artists around Leo Castelli.
In a career that spanned from the 1910s to the 1960s, the visionary themes of Kiesler’s work continue to resonate 50 years after his death, providing inspiration to subsequent generations of architects, artists, and designers. The artists included in the show are examples of the current trend of interest in artistic strategies for the production and display of work. They explore Kiesler’s focus on the reciprocal relationship between artwork and exhibition. Instead of being merely a white cube, the exhibition becomes a work of art in its own right.