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Hans Hartung The fabric of gesture

50 min visit

Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris
11 Oct → 1 Mar 2020
From Wed to Fri from 10 am to 6 pm. Nocturnal Thu until 10 pm. Closed on Mon.

« An exhibition that allows us to rediscover one of the most important representatives of lyrical abstraction. »

The Museum of Modern Art, for its reopening after renovation, presents a major retrospective of the painter Hans Hartung (1904-1989), a French artist of German origin considered as the flagship of the "École de Paris" and lyrical abstraction, and who enjoyed international fame during his lifetime. This exhibition takes a new look at his work as a whole and at his essential role as a precursor in the history of abstraction. A major 20th century artist, Hans Hartung places experimentation at the heart of his work. An actor in a century of painting, which he traversed with a thirst for freedom commensurate with the phenomena that hindered him - from the rise of fascism in his country of origin, Germany, to the precariousness of the post-war period in France and its physical and moral consequences - he would never stop painting. The exhibition allows to discover the great diversity of the supports used, the variety of execution, the richness of the technical innovations that he knew how to develop and the panoply of tools that he experienced. Many works are collected: oils on canvas, graphic works, photographs, sculptures, ceramics and archival documents. The retrospective includes a narrow selection of about three hundred works from French and international public and private collections, a large part of which comes from the Hartung-Bergman Foundation. This tribute follows the acquisition of the museum in 2017 of a set of four works by the artist. The first exhibition in the museum's renovated spaces, this tribute follows the acquisition of a collection of the artist's works by the Museum of Modern Art in recent years.


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