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Georgia O'Keeffe

90 min visit

Pompidou Centre
8 Sep → 6 Dec 2021
From Wed to Mon from 11 am to 9 pm. Nocturnal Thu until 9 pm. Closed Tue.

« Surprising as it may seem, this is the first retrospective in France devoted to this great figure of contemporary art. It's never too late! »

As usual, the Centre Pompidou has opted for a chronological tour where visitors can wander at will. The exhibition opens with a space devoted to Gallery 291 in New York, a key place in Georgia O'Keeffe's life. It was here that she discovered the artists of the European avant-garde through their first exhibitions. Auguste Rodin, Henri Matisse, Francis Picabia and Paul Cézanne were sources of inspiration for Georgia O'Keeffe from the beginning of her career in the 1920s. She discovered Vassily Kandinsky, an aesthetic in which she also recognized herself, with the help of a translated excerpt from The Spiritual in Art (1912). The director of Gallery 291 and photographer Alfred Stieglitz was the first to devote exhibitions in the United States to the European avant-garde. He was also responsible for the first exhibition of Georgia O'Keeffe. First artistic and then amorous, Alfred Stieglitz fell in love with the young artist at first sight. Through hundreds of paintings, drawings and photographs, discover the long career of this leading artist of contemporary art, who died at 99. Not only is her artistic production unique and incredibly rich: she was one of the founders of American modernism in the 1920s, her paintings of metropolises and rural landscapes of New York State were all the rage in the 1930s, she was also a pioneer of "hard edge" abstract painting in the 1960s... Her style never stopped changing. But she is also an important figure for the place of women in contemporary art. In 1929, she was the first woman artist to be exhibited at the newly opened MoMa! Later, she was the first woman to have exhibitions and retrospectives at major American museums. Thanks to her and her paintings, a whole generation of artists was able to break free.


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