RENDEZVOUS IN PARIS

(18 September – 7 December 2019)

LOUVRE ABU DHABI IS JOURNEYING BACK IN TIME TO THE PARISIAN ART SCENE OF THE FIRST HALF OF THE 20TH CENTURY. FEATURING AROUND 85 WORKS BY LEADING AVANT-GARDE ARTISTS, RENDEZVOUS IN PARIS: PICASSO, CHAGALL, MODIGLIANI & CO. (1900-1939) EXPLORES WORKS PRODUCED BY FOREIGN ARTISTS LIVING IN THE FRENCH CAPITAL AT THIS TIME.

Featuring some of the most notable names of the 20th century Avant-Garde scene, Louvre Abu Dhabi’s new exhibition, Rendezvous in Paris: Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani & Co. (1900- 1939), includes more than 80 works by artists including Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani, Marc Chagall, Juan Gris, Chaïm Soutine, Constantin Brancusi and Tamara de Lempicka.
Running until December 7, the exhibition traces the creative output of emigrant artists living and working in Paris throughout the first half of the 20th century. The first exhibition in Louvre Abu Dhabi’s new season, ‘Changing Societies’, Rendezvous in Paris: Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani & Co. (1900-1939) is held in partnership with Paris’ Centre Pompidou and organised with Agence France-Muséums. Through paintings, sculptures and photographs by some 50 avant-garde artists, the exhibition explores the Paris of the ‘Roaring Twenties’. Paris’ dynamism and cosmopolitan nature made it an attractive, Bohemian hub for artists from across Europe, many of whom left their home countries in the post- World War I years in search of a place where they could express themselves creatively. Gathering in cafés, salons, studios and galleries, this artistic community transformed the ‘City of Lights’ into the creative heart of Europe, with their experimentation with radical expressions of colour and form producing some of the most iconic artworks in history.

Manuel Rabaté, Director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, said: “We are confident that Rendezvous in Paris: Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani & Co. (1900-1939) will be a blockbuster exhibition, a great start to our ambitious new 2019-20 season. “For the first time ever in Abu Dhabi, residents and visitors will be able to see works by Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani, Delaunay, Lipchitz and other masters in a show encompassing the key movements of 20th century modern art,” he added. “This gathering of the widest ever range of classical Modernists’ works in the UAE reflects our commitment to bringing art from all over the world to our diverse audience.”

Visitors to Rendezvous in Paris can enjoy an immersive journey that embodies the artistic spirit so characteristic of Paris in early decades of the 1900s, exploring the diversity of the creative output during that time. Tracing the physical and psychological journeys of these iconic artists, the exhibition will examine the development of some of modern art’s most prominent styles and reflect on the unifying threads of displacement and multiculturalism that often shaped the experiences of the members of this diverse group.

The exhibition includes masterpieces from the collection of 4 the Centre Pompidou in Paris, such as Picasso’s Woman seated in an armchair (1910), Chagall’s To Russia, Asses and Others Rendezvous in Paris has been curated by Christian Briend, Chief Curator and Head of modern collections at Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou, assisted by Anna Hiddleston-Galloni, Assistant Curator, Modern collections at Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou.

“I am delighted to contribute to such an ambitious exhibition of modern art, which brings together a number of exquisite masterpieces by some of the most famous artists of 20th century art history,” said Christian Briend. “Of particular meaning to me in this project is the fact that we are showcasing the contributions of foreigners, starting with Picasso who dominates the art of this time and including many others, making this an exhibition about cosmopolitanism and its virtues.” Viewers can experience the evolution and dynamism of this art scene through a variety of interactive mediation devices: one highlights the artists’ journeys from their home countries to Paris, another provides an immersive experience in the studio of the artist Brancusi, while others focus on colours and music.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a rich line-up of cultural programming, concluding with an electro-night on 21 November from 9pm – 1am, with live sets from UAE-based and international DJs playing against a backdrop of Cubisminspired visuals, lighting the facades and the iconic dome of the museum. Amon Tobin and his Two Fingers DJ Set, Molecule Live and Boogie Box DJs, Hassan Alwan and Tristan Girault will perform in the open air under Louvre Abu Dhabi’s breathtaking dome. Entrance to the exhibition is free with the museum’s admission ticket. Admission is free for children under 13. ✤


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