Fondation Pierre Gianadda – “Les Années Fauves” exhibition

In collaboration with the Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris

The Fondation Pierre Gianadda exhibits some one hundred works from the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris, as well as from French museums and private collections.

Paintings from the Fauve years enliven the Foundation’s walls with flamboyant colors. A group of painters exhibited their works in exaltation of pure color at the Salon d’Automne in 1905.

This chromatic excess shocked the public, and Louis Vauxcelles, discovering a bust by Albert Marque, exclaimed: “Donatello among the fauves! The phrase hit home, and fauve became the eponym of Fauvism, the first avant-garde movement of the 20th century. Matisse, Manguin, Derain, Vlaminck, Rouault, Marquet, Dufy, Braque etc. were all part of this liberation of tonality. The works on display illustrate this pictorial technique, with the construction of space through pure color: transposition, sensation and emotion.

The Seine and the villages of Chatou, Collioure, Argenteuil and Normandy are among the landscapes ignited by the Fauves. With statuettes from Africa, this exhibition demonstrates the influence of this exotic art in the Fauves’ studios. Some were open to innovations such as ceramics. With “vitalist energy”, the inventors of Fauvism created a firework display in the
the concert of twentieth-century art.

From July 7, 2023 to January 21, 2024, daily 9 am – 6 pm

2023, ProLitteris, Zurich, Paris Musées / Musée d’Art moderne de Paris

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