septembre, 2016

septembre 22nd, 2016

FIAC 2016 Paris

FIAC 2016 : International Contemporary Art Fair
International Contemporary Art Fair – 20 to 23 October 2016

For its 43rd edition, the International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC), one of the world’s leading art fairs, will run from 20 to 23 October this year, bringing together 186 of the most prestigious galleries in the historical Parisian venue, the Grand Palais. Directed by Jennifer Flay since 2010, the fair is broadening the scope of its programme this year.

Fiac expands by presenting On Site, a series of sculptural works and installations at the Petit Palais, a historic building facing the Grand Palais that was built for the Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair) in 1900 like the Grand Palais itself. The opening of the Salon Jean Perrin, the Grand Palais’ new exhibition room, will focus on works by artists from the late twentieth century.

A Performance Festival, Parades, in association with the Louvre Museum will bring contemporary art into dialogue with music, dance, performance and poetry.

FIAC’s public events programme, Hors les Murs is renowned for its unparalleled diversity and the beauty of its locations. The programme will be reinforced with works exhibited in public space, an artists’ films programme, and three days of conferences. The itinerary will cover three emblematic venues: the Tuileries Garden (returning for the 10th consecutive year, in the context of FIAC’s collaboration with the Louvre Museum), the Musée National Eugène Delacroix and the Place Vendôme.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy the « VISITES YCI! » presented by young critics and exhibition curators from the YCI (Young Curators Invitational) programme, created by the Fondation Ricard and FIAC in 2006.

FIAC 2016 in brief: 186 galleries, including 43 new exhibitors, 133 international galleries from 27 countries across the world – France (53 French galleries), the USA (34 galleries), Germany (26 galleries), Italy (14 galleries) and England (13 galleries).

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septembre 20th, 2016

René Magritte : La trahison des images


René Magritte : La trahison des images
21 September 2016 – 23 January 2017 – Musée national d’art moderne Centre Pompidou, Paris

The exhibition “Magritte: La trahison des images” offers a completely new approach to the work of the Belgian artist René Magritte. Featuring both well-known masterpieces and other less familiar works, all drawn from leading public and private collections, it offers a fresh look at one of the key figures of Modern art.

The latest in the series of monographic exhibitions the Centre Pompidou has devoted to major figures in 20th-century art : “Edward Munch: L’œil moderne”, “Matisse: Paires et séries” and “Duchamp: La peinture, même” – this exhibition brings together around one hundred paintings, drawings and documents offering a fresh approach to the painter. “Magritte: La trahison des images” explores the artist’s interest in philosophy, an interest that would culminate in the publication of Foucault’s Ceci n’est pas une pipe (1973), born out of the writers discussions with the artist.

In a 1936 lecture, Magritte declared that Les affinités électives, painted in 1932, marked a turning point in his work – his abandonring of the automatism and random chance of early Surrealism. Showing an egg enclosed in a cage, this was the first of his paintings intended to solve what he termed a “problem”. After randomness and a “chance encounter between sewing machines and umbrellas” came a relentlessly logical method that sought solutions to the “problems” of women, of chairs, of shoes, of rain… The exhibition opens with Magritte’s research on these problems, which mark the “reasoning” turn in his art.

Magritte’s art is characterized by a series of motifs – curtains, shadows, words, flames, bodies in pieces, and more – which he endlessly arranges and re-arranges. The exhibition replaces of these into each to one of painting’s foundational narratives and hence to the philosophical challenge to visual representation: the curtains with the antique fend of in realism illustrated by the contest of Zeuxis and Parrhasius; words with the biblical story of the Adoration of the Golden Calf, that counterposes the text of the law to pagan image; flames and enclosed spaces with Plato’s Allegory of the Cave; shadows with Pliny the Elder’s account of the invention of painting.

Curator: Mnam/Cci, Didier Ottinger.

Centre Pompidou, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris. (Every day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. except Tuesdays).

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septembre 13th, 2016

Picasso – Giacometti : Dialogue between two masters


Picasso - Giacometti : Dialogue between two masters
Exhibition from October 4, 2016 to February 5, 2017 at the Museum Picasso-Paris

The Picasso Museum presents the first exhibition dedicated to the two greatest artists’s works of the twentieth century: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966).

Thanks to an exceptional loan from the Giacometti Foundation, this new exhibition, which will occupy the ground  and first floors of the hotel Salé, collects together more than 200 works of  the two masters from the sumptuous collections of the Picasso Museum and the Giacometti Foundation, as well as loans from French and foreign collections.

An important piece of research, managed together between the archives of the Museum Picasso and Giacometti Foundation, revealed unpublished documents, sketches, notebooks and meaningful annotations. They throw light on the unknown relationships between the two artists, relationships both friendly and formal, and the mutual benefit they had supported , despite twenty years of age difference.

With different temperaments, but both characterized by great freedom of mind and creativeness, Picasso and Giacometti share a fascination with the connections between Eros and Thanatos, like the swing of the limits of representation. From their encounter in the early 1930s until their dialogues that improved their mind during the post-war period concerning the arguments for a return to realism, the two artists have never stopped to exchange impressions about their creation. As the exhibition reveals it, many formal and thematic similarities brought their works closer to the surrealist period. From the late 1930s onwards, both will transform their practice and share questionings about art and its relation to reality, which the painter-sculptor and the sculptor-painter respond with different formal solutions.

Curator: Catherine Grenier.

Associated Curators: Serena Bucalo-Mussely et Virginie Perdrisot

Musée national Picasso-Paris – 5 rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris – France.

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