Don't miss the "United States of Abstraction" exhibition at the Fabre Museum from August 06 to October 31, 2021!
In collaboration with the Nantes Art Museum, the Fabre Museum will offer in Montpellier an ambitious exhibition dedicated to a group of American artists who, settled in France, have contributed to the redefinition of abstract art on the European continent.
At the end of the Second World War, while the City of Light gradually lost its preeminence as the world capital of Western art to the benefit of New York, several hundred American artists, musicians and writers, men and women, settled in France. More than 400 artists, thanks in particular to their former GI scholarship, have chosen to make Paris the place of their creation, attracted by museums and French masters, the search for greater freedom, or quite simply by choice personal or political. Some, in the wake of their compatriots, like Joan Mitchell in 1955, settled in France permanently. Others, like Ellsworth Kelly, who arrived in France in 1948, stayed there only a few years, studying at the School of Fine Arts or in the workshops of the Grande Chaumière with Fernand Léger or Ossip Zadkine.
Focusing more particularly on three constellations of American artists in Paris, the exhibition explores this intense presence. Organized in three chapters and made up of a hundred works, the exhibition highlights both the pioneering role of Michel Tapié in the discovery and promotion of American art in France, the renewal of geometric abstraction promoted by artists like Robert Breer, Ralph Coburn, Ellsworth Kelly or Jack Youngerman, than the individuality of great abstract colorists (Joan Mitchell, Sam Francis), who seem to live in Paris as on an island.
This exhibition has received support from the Terra Foundation for American Art and the FRAME network.
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