Jeanne Reclining on a sofa (also known as small Odalisque). Manguin 1912
A not to miss exhibition in Paris
Renoir, and Chagall: Journeys Around the Mediterranean’ presents visitors with
an itinerary that spans the period between Impressionism and modernism. After
the exhibition devoted to Van Gogh, the new digital exhibition will highlight
the link between artistic creativity and the Mediterranean shores, as the
principal centres of the modernist movement.
The exhibition will immerse visitors in the masterpieces of twenty artists, including Renoir, Monet, Pissarro, Matisse, Signac, Derain, Vlaminck, Dufy, and Chagall, amongst others.
These artists saw Van Gogh as a genius of painting, who, after departing from Paris, used pure colour as his principal means of expression. In the 1880s, the Mediterranean attracted many artists: abandoning Paris and the northern regions, they flocked to the southern shores, between Collioure and Saint-Tropez. It was at this point that they developed a new approach to the representation of light and colour.
All these artists had links with the Mediterranean, either through their origins, or via their stays in the Midi. The digital exhibition will show how their artistic personalities were brought to the fore by these seascapes and how pictorial modernism was invented. In seven sequences lasting forty minutes, visitors will be taken from one artistic movement to another: from Impressionism, with Monet and Renoir, to pointillism with Signac and Cross, and Fauvism with Camion, Derain, Vlaminck, and Marquet … and, of course, Matisse. The immersive exhibition will also retrace the fascination of Bonnard and Dufy for the Mediterranean, and eventually focus on one of the greatest colourists of modern art—Chagall. The unique style of each painter will be illustrated: Matisse’s colours, Bonnard’s depth, Dufy’s insouciance, and Chagall’s modernism.
More than 500 works, which are now held in collections around the globe, will fill the Atelier des Lumières with their bright colours and highlight the variations in the works of these great artists on the Mediterranean shores, which inspired them to take their work to its finest expression.
This visual and musical creation by Gianfranco Iannuzzi, Massimiliano Siccardi, and Renato Gatto, produced by Culturespaces, will cover the floors and walls to a height of ten metres: bright and powerful colours will fill the entire space, the works will come to life, and emerge line by line, creating the illusion of a mirror of the sea and the dazzling sun.
At the same time, an immersive exhibition will echo this tribute to the Mediterranean. Specially created for the Atelier des Lumières, ‘Yves Klein, l’infini bleu’ (‘Yves Klein: infinite blue’) will highlight the work of the famous twentieth-century artist, who set out to turn his life into a work of art.
Brought up in Nice, Yves Klein loved the Mediterranean sky and was inspired by it to create his first work. He believed that ‘painting is COLOUR’ and he sought to individualise, free, and magnify colour in its purest form. With Yves Klein, colour took on a spiritual and metaphysical dimension. This ten-minute long work will immerse visitors in the plurality of the artist’s works, going beyond his famous International Klein Blue (IKB). Amongst other works, visitors will discover the body prints with his Anthropometries, and nature with his Cosmogonies and his Planetary Reliefs.
Thanks to a selection of ninety works and sixty archive images, ‘Yves Klein: Infinite Blue’ will entirely immerse visitors in the subject matter and his artistic sensibility, accompanied by Vivaldi’s stirring and vibrant music and Thylacine’s electronic rhythms.
28 february 2020 – 3 january 2021
ATELIER DES LUMIERES
38, Rue Saint-Maur 75011 Paris
Saturdays until 10 p.m. and on Sundays until 7 p.m.
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