For the first time since 1953, and until February 25th, do not miss the superb exhibition on Cubism in Paris now on show at the Centre Pompidou !
The Raspail Montparnasse hotel team has visited for you this incredible exhibition on what Apollinaire described as “the renaissance of French art”.
What is Cubism?
Cubism, a highly impacting movement in the history of modern art, was born before the begining of the First World War, deriving from the desire to represent two-dimensional volumes in painting. This is the first phase of Cubism, called “Cézanne’s Cubism”
Subsequently, artists try to represent the space. Close to abstraction and hermeticism, this stage is called “analytical cubism”.
Then, daily used objects are reintroduced into the canvas surface, thus directing cubism towards an aesthetic reflection on reality. This last stage is called “synthetic cubism”.
The influence of Cubism over the 10s artists generation will be very important in Europe, leading eventually to the birth of abstract painting and futurism!
Indeed, Cubism marks the beginning of the deconstruction of reality in Art, taking into account the world absurdity and nonsense. It’s really fascinating!
Come and relive this part of history with the exhibition on Cubism in Paris …
On the program of the exhibition
Organized in rooms respecting the chronology, the exhibition of the Center Pompidou presents many artists, cubists or close to cubism, from 1907 to 1917.
Everything begins with the so-called “primitive” arts of Gauguin and Cézanne, at the origin of Cubism. Cezanne, who wanted to “treat nature through cylinder, sphere, cone”, thus initiates a geometrization of forms that cubists will develop. This is the beginning of an other representation of the world !
Then, two Cubism pundits: Picasso and Braque, who push their works to the limit of the abstract Art, without ever reaching it
Then, in 1912, Picasso invents the collage and Braque the glued paper. From then on rope pieces, paper, spoon, and so on… are found in the paintings , bringing us back to reality. Cubism offers a unprecedented freedom of materials!
In parallel, other artists such as Metzinger, Gleizes or Delaunay constitute the “Lounge Cubism”, which will reveal cubism to the public.
A final part of the exhibition is dedicated to sculpture. This seems logical when we know that Cubism was strongly inspired by primitive arts, oceanic and African sculptures. Find sculptures of Derain, Modigliani, Brancusi, Laurens …
All, if they do not necessarily claim cubism, come close to it.
This exhibition at the Pompidou Center is a leap in time, to remind us of where Cubism comes from, and the impact it has had on contemporary art.
A surprising exhibition that brilliantly highlights the genius of Picasso and Braque.
Come and discover the history of Cubism in Paris!