Major Sonia Delaunay retrospective planned for autumn 2014

In this first installation of the travelling retrospective, “Sonia Delaunay: The Colours of Abstraction”, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (MAM) is to present over 400 of the artist’s works, alongside three recreated environments. Works on display include textiles, paintings, gouaches, prints, fashion items and wall decorations. The exhibition is to take place between 17 October 2014 and 22 February 2015. As the first major retrospective dedicated to the artist in Paris since 1967, the exhibition marks the artistic progression of one of the 20th century’s most notable Abstractionists and avant-garde artists. Delaunay’s work is said to have forged ties between pioneering Abstractionists and the Post-War generation. Frequently exhibited in Paris’s Denise René gallery during her career, work by the artist was also shown in the Salons des Réalités Nouvelles (new realities). Significant works by the artist — for example: murals created for the Air Transport Pavilion at the International Exhibition of Art and Technology in Modern Life —, are to be exhibited at the retrospective for the first time since 1937. Work from Delaunay’s Post-War output is also to be presented, characterised by what the museum describes as a “poetic form of abstraction”, comprising large-scale paintings, textiles and mosaics. Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979) was born in Ukraine and died in Paris. Born Sonia Terk, she married the French painter Robert Delaunay in 1909. Together, the pair created the movement Orphism in 1911. Following its display in Paris, this exhibition is to be shown at Tate Modern in London from 15 April to 9 August...

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Iran’s visual culture explored at MAM

The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is to present a new exhibition focusing on work by Iranian artists and their portrayal of Iran’s history. The exhibition, “Unedited History, Iran 1960-2014”, is to be on display from 16 May to 24 August 2014. The exhibition presents around 200 works by 20 Iranian artists, ranging from the exceptionally well-known, iconic figures, to younger contemporary artists whose output demonstrates the country’s constantly evolving art scene. Artists include: Morteza Avini (1947-1993), Kaveh Golestan (1950-2003), Bahman Kiarostami (b. 1978) and Behzad Shishegaran (b. 1952), amongst others. Taking a chronological look at the country’s heritage, the exhibition is organised sequentially, dividing the works up to represent the 1960s and 1970s; the revolutionary era of 1979; and the Iran-Iraq war and post-war period. The works on display provoke a discovery of Iran’s developing visual culture, drawing material from cinema, posters and painting. Many of the works on display have never been shown before in France. A book, entitled Unedited History, Iran 1960-2014, is to be published to accompany the exhibition. It will include critical essays and a historical documentary material, in addition to commentaries on the works...

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Paris receives 61 major pieces by Giorgio de Chirico

Paris, 11 July 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). The city of Paris has received a donation of sixty-one major works by Italian artist Giorgio de Chirico. The set of paintings will join the permanent collections of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (MAM), which already houses three of the modern master’s paintings. MAM will now boast one of the largest museum collections of the artist’s work. The donation consists of thirty paintings, eleven sculptures and twenty drawings by the Surrealist artist. Although de Chirico’s widow, Isa, donated the works in 1990, it took eleven years before they became the official property of the city of Paris, as a dispute arose between Paris and Rome about a clause in Isa de Chirico’s testament. The artist’s widow, born Isabella Pakszwer, named the Fondazione Giorgio e Isa De Chirico as the sole legatee of all the works of her husband that were in her possession. However, to thank the city of Paris for the “essential role” it played in the career of the painter, she donated a fifth of these works to the City of Light. She stipulated that a foundation should be created in Paris within ten years to house this donation; else the works would become the property of the city, which could then allocate the collection to a Parisian museum. A bitter dispute arose between Paris and Rome, initially for tax reasons but subsequently about the legitimacy of the will, which the Italian foundation contested, refusing to hand over the works to Paris. It was only in 2009 with the exhibition entitled “Giorgio De Chirico, la fabrique des rêves” (Giorgio de Chirico, the dream factory) that relations between the two parties became more amicable. The exhibition was the first to highlight all of the Italian artist’s...

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Basquiat at MAM

Paris, 19 October 2010. AMA. For Jean-Michel Basquiat’s fiftieth birthday, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (MAM) is hosting a retrospective about the artist in the autumn of 2010. The exhibition was made possible with the collaboration of the Beyeler Foundation, which presented the exhibition last summer, and coincides with the release of the Jean-Michel Basquiat, The Radiant Child film by Tamra Davis. The exhibition focuses on the artist’s mature art in the 1980’s, leaving aside his famous graffiti. In the course of ten years, more than one thousand canvases and two thousand drawings were completed by Basquiat, who collaborated with Andy Warhol. The exhibition at MAM will display about a hundred of...

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