Zao Wou-Ki (1920-2013) : « L’espace est silence »

MusĂ©e d’Art moderne de la ville de Paris

jusqu’au 6 janvier 2019

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Le MusĂ©e d’Art moderne de la ville de Paris prĂ©sente la premiĂšre grande exposition consacrĂ©e depuis quinze ans Ă  l’artiste Zao Wou-Ki (1920-2013) : « L’espace est silence », jusqu’au 6 janvier 2019. Zao Wou-ki aimait peindre ce qui ne se voit pas : le souffle de la vie, le vent, le mouvement, la vie des formes, l’éclosion des couleurs, leur fusion, 
 Si son Ɠuvre est aujourd’hui cĂ©lĂšbre, les occasions d’en percevoir la complexitĂ© sont encore trop rares

Lundi, 19 Mars 2012 15:09
altA LANDMARK EXHIBITION: “MATISSE. PAIRES ET SÉRIES” until June 18th, 2012 at the Centre Pompidou of Paris.
Presenting an outstanding selection of masterworks assembled from the most important public and private collections across the world, this exhibition examines a distinctive aspect of Matisse’s art: his repeated explorations of the same subject through different treatments – for him a way of exploring art itself. Expressed in variations of framing, draughtsman ship, brushwork and colour, this formal alternation is a recurrent feature of the artist’s work.

The exhibition features some sixty paintings, including four large gouache cutouts, and thirty or so drawings, some brought together for the first time since their creation. It covers the whole of Matisse’s artistic career, from 1899 to 1952, the major periods being represented in chronological order, from the pointillism he experimented with in the summer of 1904 two versions of Luxe, Calme et VoluptĂ©, here juxtaposed in a rare opportunity for direct comparison) to the ambitious paper cutouts of the 1950s (with the famous Nu bleu series of 1952), taking in on the way the renowned ThĂšmes et variations series of drawings on paper, a kind of conceptual culmination of the procedure.
MATISSE, Paires et series, is particularly illuminating in bringing to bear the tools of historical, critical and technical analysis on the genesis of the works displayed, this examination of pairs and series revealing the line of development of Matisse’s work as a whole, with its ruptures, reversals and breakthroughs.

It also shows the degree to which Matisse’s work prompted and nourished the development of modern painting, endlessly posing the questions of representation, of realism, and of the relationships between drawing and colour, surface and volume, interiority and exteriority. Developing new formal solutions, putting into question his own, earlier advances, Matisse was a profound student of form.

The exhibition will afterwards travel to the Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen (14 July – 28 October 2012) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (4 December 2012 – 17 March 2013). Éditions du Centre Pompidou publishes a catalogue, Matisse. Paires et sĂ©ries, edited by CĂ©cile Debray, curator at the MusĂ©e National d’Art Moderne and curator of the exhibition.

For further information : www.centrepompidou.fr
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