Modern icons, uprisings and segregation: Five art exhibits to see in Paris this autumn
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With autumn swiftly approaching, FRANCE 24 takes a look at five exhibitions opening in Paris, from “Icons of Modern Art” at the Fondation Louis Vuitton to “The Color Line: African-American Artists and Segregation” at the Musée du Quai Branly.
Icons of Modern Art. The Shchukin Collection
For those fortunate enough to have seen the “Keys to Passion” exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton last year, “Icons of Modern Art. The Shchukin Collection” promises to be every bit as wondrous. The show is a tribute to one of the 20th century’s greatest patron of the arts, Russian businessman Sergei Shchukin, and brings together 130 major works from his collection. With paintings by Paul Gaugin, Claude Monet and Henri Rousseau, it’s a must-see for modern art lovers.
“Icons of Modern Art. The Shchukin Collection” at the Fondation Louis Vuitton runs from October 22, 2016 until February 20, 2017.
It’s hard to define the work of British-German artist Tino Sehgal. Is it performance art? Is it living sculpture? According to the Berlin-based artist, he makes “constructed situations” using human interaction and gestures to create an experience that challenges the precepts of how art is lived. Take Sehgal’s “Kiss” (2002), which featured a couple rolling, writhing and caressing each other in emulation of various love scenes from throughout art history. This autumn, the Palais de Tokyo has given Sehgal a “carte blanche” to take over the museum’s 13,000 square metres of exhibition space in what will be his most extensive show to date.
"Tino Sehgal" at the Palais de Tokyo runs from October 12, 2016 until December 18, 2016.
A photo of a red plastic bag floating against a blue sky, a finely drawn calligram by the Spanish writer Federico Garcia Lorca, a 19th-century wood engraving of police clashing with protesters: “Uprisings” at the Jeu de Paume is a multimedia exhibition that explores the theme of human actions that “raise up the world or rise up against it”. The show brings together more than 270 works by different artists including Félix Vallotton, Edouard Manet, Ken Hamblin, Enrique Ramirez and Francisco de Goya.
“Uprisings” at the Jeu de Paume runs from October 18, 2016 until January 15, 2017.
Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958-2010
In what is the first major Carl Andre exhibition in France for nearly 20 years, “Sculpture as place, 1958-2010” at the Musée d’Art Moderne covers the arc of the American artist’s lengthy career. The retrospective will display 40 sculptures, as well as a collection of poems, photos and other works, some of which have never been shown before.
“Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958-2010” at the Musée d’Art Moderne runs from October 18, 2016 until February 12, 2017.
The Color Line: African-American Artists and Segregation
The black scholar and activist W.E.B Du Bois once wrote that, “The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line.” Although segregation officially ended in the United States more than 50 years ago, its effects can still be felt today. “The Color Line” exhibition at the Musée du Quai Branly offers a rare glimpse at this dark chapter in US history through the eyes of black artists, from the racism of American vaudeville and minstrel shows to the Harlem Renaissance during the 1920s in New York and the eventual rise in popularity of jazz and blues.
“The Color Line” at the Musée du Quai Branly runs from October 4, 2016 until January 15, 2017.
Other notable exhibitions:
"Mexico (1900-1950)"at the Grand Palais runs from October 5, 2016 to January 23, 2017.
"Roger Tallon, Le Design en Mouvement" at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs runs from September 8, 2016 to January 8, 2016.
"American Painting in the 1930s" at the Musée de l’Orangerie runs from October 12, 2016 to January 30, 2017.