28 Feb → 6 Sep 2020
Every day from 10 am to 6 pm.
Otto Freundlich. Who knows this German artist of Jewish origin? Who knows that he is with Mondrian, Kandinsky or even Kupka, one of the pioneers of abstraction? Few people, except specialists. The exhibition devoted to him by the Musée de Montmartre is an event in this sense. Placed under the double curatorship of Christophe Duvivier and Saskia Ooms, it allows the rehabilitation of a little-known, even forgotten artist, and to place his work in a more general context of art history. Otto Freundlich settled in Montmartre between 1908 and 1912. It was there that he produced his first abstract painting, one of the earliest in the history of abstraction. A committed and visionary artist, he carried - at the heart of the tragic history of twentieth-century Europe - a powerful message in favour of a reinvented humanism, operating a synthesis between the arts, philosophy and politics. In 1937, his work was stigmatized by the Nazi regime as a symbol of "degenerate art" and partially destroyed. Interned in 1939, Freundlich was deported and murdered on 9 March 1943. Organised in partnership with the Tavet-Delacour Museum in Pontoise, which has held the artist's studio collection since 1968, and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, where two of his stained glass windows will be exhibited, the exhibition brings together nearly 80 works - sculptures, paintings, stained glass windows, mosaics and graphic works. As for the Musée de Montmartre, it was created in 1960 in one of the oldest houses on the Butte. This museum is steeped in history and was a meeting place and residence for many artists. Auguste Renoir had his studio there, as did Suzanne Valadon, Maurice Utrillo, Émile Bernard and the wild animals Émile-Othon Friesz and Raoul Dufy.