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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



American icons at the Grand Palais, in Paris
Jeudi, 07 Mai 2015 09:18

Carl Andre, Alexander Calder, Chuck Close, Richard Diebenkorn, Dan Flavin, Philip Guston, Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, Cy Twombly and Andy Warhol are the fourteen American artists presenting 49 emblematic works at the Grand Palais, until June 22nd, 2015 in Paris. This great exhibit presents what will be showed by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) when new spaces will be opened in Spring 2016. From the beautiful Calder's aerial sculptures through the other masterpieces, 49 masterworks are presented from the SFMOMA and Donald and Doris Fisher's collections. An outstanding sample !

 

 

Indeed the SFMOMA houses the works accumulated by the Fisher family, one of the biggest private collections of modern and contemporary art in the world. Now numbering over 1,100 works by 185 artists, the Doris and Donald Fisher collection began in the family's home town of San Francisco in the 1970s and expanded rapidly in the late 1980s and 1990s.

The SFMOMA has established an historic partnership with the Fisher family to share this extraordinary collection with the San Francisco public. The Fisher's works will be exhibited alongside works from the SFMOMA collection ins the museum's new expansion. Both collections include American and European artists who began their careers in the 1960s and 1970s; many of them still alive today.

Since 2013, the museum has been closed for expansion and has decided to send its exceptional collection of artworks on tour, in France they show in the south-east gallery of the Grand Palais. Small place regarding SFMOMA but huge opportunity to sharing masterpieces !

This beautiful exhibition shows the greatest 20th-century American artists especially from the post-war period. The names are impressive and the quality of the works on display is no less outstanding.

The richness and density of the collection make AMERICAN ICONS: masterworks from the SFMOMA and the Fisher collection a very complete exhibition.

It presents an outstanding collection and the pieces set up a dialogue between works that have never been together before and the public.

The selection focuses on the paintings and sculptures of fourteen famous American artists, some of whom, better promoted in the USA that in France, are particularly well presented. Most belong to the generation of painters who followed Abstract Expressionism and navigated between abstraction and representation to reach a new understanding of the use of color, formalism and figurative painting. Alexander Calder and Ellsworth Kelly illustrate the early movement of abstract art.

Some of the well known examples of Pop Art and Minimalism, two movements which appeared simultaneously in the New York in the early 1960s are also on show.

Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol incarnate Pop Art while Minimalism and the beginnings of Conceptual Art are represented by Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd and Sol LeWitt.

Picturial abstraction takes shape in works by Richard Diebenkorn, Brice Marden, Agnes Martin and Cy Twombly.

 

Lastly, the painting of Chuck Close and Philip Guston synthesize the influences of Pop Art, Minimalism and Abstraction in their figurative works.

By presenting 3 to 7 works for each artist, this exhibition gives France and Europe a foretaste of the spirit and quality of the new SFMOMA, scheduled to reopen in Spring 2016;

American Icons: Masterworks from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Fisher Collection

Until June 22, 2015

Grand Palais, Paris, France

Galeries nationales entrée galerie Sud-Est

Open every day from 10am to 8pm except on Tuesdays

 

Late-night opening until 10 pm on Wednesdays

Information and booking on: www.grandpalais.fr

or by phone 33 (0)1 44 13 17 17

Enjoy !

 

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