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Robert Delaunay, Red Eiffel Tower (detail), 1911–12, oil on canvas. New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Founding Collection. Photo The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation / Art Resource, NY
Robert Delaunay, Red Eiffel Tower (detail), 1911–12, oil on canvas. New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Founding Collection. Photo The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation / Art Resource, NY
From October 11, 2014, to January 25, 2015

Van Gogh to Kandisky

Impressionism to Expressionism, 1900-1914

L’art des avant-gardes française et allemande entre la fin du XIXe siècle et le début de la Première Guerre mondiale est très apprécié aujourd’hui. Ses créateurs sont des artistes renommés, tels Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse, Picasso, Cézanne et Kandinsky… Leurs oeuvres, qui se distinguent par leur originalité, leur force et leur beauté, comptent parmi les premiers chefs-d’oeuvre de l’art moderne. Quand l’histoire de l’art s’est intéressée à cette époque fascinante, deux discours critiques émergèrent, considérant les courants français et allemand séparément. Grâce aux recherches approfondies de Timothy O. Benson, conservateur du Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies au Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), cette exposition exceptionnelle, par l’importance de ses prêts, élargit notre compréhension de la complexité des influences interculturelles durant cette période, qui donna naissance à cette production artistique extraordinairement riche et fascinante.

Le contexte politique de cet avant-guerre détermine la manière dont nous considérons cette époque d’extraordinaire créativité et d’échanges entre artistes de France et d’Allemagne. Un siècle après l’éclatement de la Première Guerre mondiale, nous comprenons que l’atmosphère très cosmopolite en Europe avait préparé le terrain à cette phase d’effervescence artistique, tout comme nous revoyons les évènements qui l’ont brutalement stoppée lors de la déclaration de guerre de 1914. Nous allons suivre la trajectoire de l’expressionnisme, de ses origines, dans le Paris de 1900 – centre incontesté des arts de l’époque – jusqu’à l’Allemagne de 1914, alors que plusieurs de ses représentants répondaient à l’appel aux armes.

Robert Delaunay, Red Eiffel Tower (detail), 1911–12, oil on canvas. New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Founding Collection. Photo The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation / Art Resource, NY

Robert Delaunay, Red Eiffel Tower (detail), 1911–12, oil on canvas. New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Founding Collection. Photo The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation / Art Resource, NY

Wassily Kandinsky, Arabian Cemetery (detail), 1909, oil on cardboard. Hamburger Kunsthalle

Wassily Kandinsky, *Arabian Cemetery *(detail), 1909, oil on cardboard. Hamburger Kunsthalle

Publication

Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky is co-published by the LACMA, the MMFA and DelMonico/Prestel.

The 296-page catalogue features more than 200 illustrations and showcases masterpieces of Neo- Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Fauvism and Cubism alongside landmark German Expressionist works. Edited by Timothy O. Benson, the volume includes contributions by leading scholars, including Laird M. Easton, Claudine Grammont, Frauke Josenhans, Peter Kropmanns, Katherine Kuenzli, Magdalena M. Moeller and Sherwin Simmons.

Van Gogh à Kadinsky - Publication

Credits and curators The exhibition is organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Kunsthaus Zürich, in collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

The exhibition curator is Timothy O. Benson, curator, Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies at the LACMA, with the assistance of Frauke Josenhans. At the MMFA, the exhibition is organized under the direction of Nathalie Bondil, Director and Chief Curator, with Anne Grace, Curator of Modern Art. The exhibition layout was designed by Gilles Saucier of Saucier + Perrotte, Architectes. The exhibition is presented in Montreal by Fiera Capital in collaboration with Metro, the Volunteer Association of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Air Canada, Air Canada Cargo, the Goethe Institut and its partner, the German Federal Government, Bell, Richter, Tourisme Montréal, La Presse and The Gazette. The exhibition has also received support from the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Travelling Exhibitions Indemnification Program. The international exhibition programme of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts benefits from the financial support of the Exhibition Fund of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Foundation and the Paul G. Desmarais Fund.

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Robert Delaunay, Red Eiffel Tower (detail), 1911–12, oil on canvas. New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Founding Collection. Photo The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation / Art Resource, NY

Robert Delaunay, Red Eiffel Tower (detail), 1911–12, oil on canvas. New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Founding Collection. Photo The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation / Art Resource, NY

Wassily Kandinsky, Arabian Cemetery (detail), 1909, oil on cardboard. Hamburger Kunsthalle

Wassily Kandinsky, *Arabian Cemetery *(detail), 1909, oil on cardboard. Hamburger Kunsthalle

Van Gogh à Kadinsky - Publication
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