An unusual collection of early 20th-century modernist works by Jean Arp, Rudolf Bauer, Wassily Kandinsky, Lazlo Moholy-Nagy and others, plus a selection of contemporary pieces by Alice Aycock, Ross Bleckner, Richard Pettibone, Erik Saxon and many more make up an exhibition opening today at the College of New Rochelle.
Hilla Rebay, the first director of the Guggenheim Museum on Fifth Avenue, was the collector for her boss, Solomon Guggenheim, and some of her own work is also in the show. Her passion for abstraction is the basis for the exhibition, which will remain though March 29.
After relationships soured between Rebay, Guggenheim and some of the artists, she resigned under fire in the 1950's, and much of the collection went into storage. It has emerged over the years through various sales.
The college gallery, at 29 Castle Place, is open free of charge Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M., Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 P.M. A reception will be held today from 2 to 4 P.M. Call 654-5423 for more information or directions.