Paris, 10 March 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA).
An exhibition at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is celebrating the acquisition of two works by the English sculptor Raymond Mason (1922-2010). “Le Voyage” is to run until 9 November 2014.
The two newly-acquired works are La Place de l’Opéra (1957) and Le Voyage (1966-2010), the latter being donated by Madame Jeannine Hao. Alongside the two major works on show, seven other works by the artist are to be presented, accompanied by photographs and documents by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Martine Franck.
The Birmingham-born sculptor made Paris his home in 1946, and stayed there until his death in 2010, taking inspiration for his large sculptures from the crowds and public movements he encountered in Montparnasse, the city’s artistic centre at the time. Profiting from a close relationship with the sculptor Alberto Giacometti and painter Balthus, Mason benefited from an exceptionally rich artistic community, and went on to be represented by the Pierre Matisse gallery in New York.