ABU DHABI, UAE – Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, and Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, opened Louvre Abu Dhabi’s first international exhibition of its new season “Changing Societies, Rendezvous in Paris: Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani & Co. (1990-1939)”.
It will open its doors to the public this Wednesday.
Featuring some of the most renowned names of the 20th century Avant-Gardes – Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Amedeo Modigliani, Constantin Brancusi, Tamara de Lempicka and others – this marks the most comprehensive display of the 20th century avant-garde works to be included in a single exhibition, with 85 works on show.
Held in partnership with the Centre Pampidou in Paris and organized with Agence France-Museums, the exhibition traces the artistic output of migrant artists in Paris in the first half of the 20th century. Through an assemblage of celebrated paintings and sculptures – including Picasso’s portrait of Gustave Coquiot (1901), Modigliani’s Portrait of Dedie (1918), Chagall’s The Father (1911) and De Lempicka’s Girl in a Green Dress (1927 – 1930) – visitors will discover and learn more about the lives and works of these foreign artists in Paris and get insight into the social landscape of the period.
The exhibition introduces Paris at the beginning of the 20th century, a time in which the city saw an extraordinary artistic renaissance due to the influx of painters, sculptors and photographers – many of them women – from across Europe, Asia and Americas. Driven out of their home countries by political and religious prosecution, as well as economic hardships, they sought artistic freedom and the creative exchange of ideas. France’s liberal during the Third Republic, which promoted intellectual openness and tolerance, paved the way for many of these foreign artists.
Rendezvous in Paris: Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani & Co. (1900-1939) traces the emergence of several artistic movements, now know as some of the defining moments in Modern art. One of the first avant-hard movements was Fauvism, exemplified in this show through works such as Frantisek Kupka’s The Yellow Scale (1907), Kees van Dongen’s Nini (c. 1909) and Sonia Delaunay’s Philomena (1907). The Fauvists, open to creative risk and inspired by the works of Van Gogh and Gauguin, developed as Sonia Delaunay’s Young Girl Sleeping (1907) demonstrate how light and colour are used not only to convey a sense of space, but also emotions.
Rendezvous in Paris: Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani & Co. (1900-1939) also gives prominence to photography, including masterpieces such as Florence Henri’s Shop Windows (c. 1930) and Brassai’s The Pont-Neuf (c.1932). with many European and American photographers seeking political refuge or looking to better their economic circumstances, artists such as Andre Kertesz and Ilse Bing developed a new form of photographic Modernism, exemplified in works such as Kertesz’s Eiffel Tower (1929).
Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the evolution and dynamism of the Parisian art scene through a range of interactive and immersive installations, one of them highlights the artists’ journeys from their home country to Paris, another gives insights into the uses of colours by the artists, while a recreation of Brancusi’s studio brings to life the sculptor’s environment as well as his relationships with his models and pupils.