2014: the Maeght Foundation celebrates its 50th anniversary
||In 2014, the Maeght Foundation invites all art lovers to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary with three important events. Between modern heritage and contemporary adventure, the spring exhibition will be devoted to the architecture of Josep Lluís Sert and the genesis of the Foundation. A new reading of the great works that have marked and built this living history will be offered in the summer and the autumn exhibition will be dedicated to artistic events, visual arts dialogues, dance, music and writing.
"It is with the present and the future that, along with Adrien Maeght, we want to tell this story, because the ambitions of the great creators cannot just be satisfied with the past. In this architecture of light, it is the spirit that we celebrate, the spirit of this place, intense as it is timeless, at the service of art and thought, "says Olivier Kaeppelin.
5 April – 9 June 2014
«Thanks to Sert, art has already entered into a real phase » *
The first event will be dedicated to the genesis and birth of the Maeght Foundation. The exhibition will be largely devoted to the architecture of Josep Lluís Sert but will vividly discuss, in a broader sense, the history of this extraordinary project whose realization mobilized so many great artists and writers of the 1960s, all while continuing to fascinate the visitor still to this day.
*Aimé Maeght to Joan Miró, correspondence, August 29, 1959.
28 June – 11 November 2014
« Yes my dear Joan, we will create a unique work in the world » **
Many among them have claimed that Aimé Maeght, along with the Foundation, allowed them to fulfill a dream: many visitors, in turn, say they discovered art here. This shared dream is the heart of the summer exhibition devoted to the masterpieces that have marked the history of the Foundation. From Pierre Bonnard to Bernard Moninot to Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Alberto Giacometti and Pierre Soulages, Miquel Barceló and Simon Hantaï, François Rouan, Jacques Monory, Eduardo Arroyo… some one hundred works will recall this journey.
** "(...) a unique work in the world that will remain in time and in minds, as evidence of our civilization that through wars, social and scientific upheavals have left humanity one of the purest spiritual and artistic messages of all time, these are the stories I want reveal to the generations that follow us, and to show our grandchildren, that in our materialistic age the spirit remained present and very effective thanks to men like you. » Aimé Maeght to Joan Miró, correspondence, August 29, 1959
29 November – March 2015
Paintings for art in all its forms : music, dance, visual arts and writing at the Maeght Foundation*
«This is not a museum » ***
The third event will be devoted to the performing arts offering exhibitions of different themes where the works of artists will meet music, dance or poetry. Keep in mind that free jazz prodigy Albert Ayler, Terry Riley, La Monte Young, Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Merce Cunningham, Michel Portal and Mstislav Rostropovic, sometimes prefaced by poets like Francis Ponge, all gave legendary performances here. We must remember also that Pierre Reverdy made the Maeght Foundation his sole heir and that poets and philosophers have succeeded here with their writings or their tales.
* The dates and title may change.
***" Here something is being tried that has never been tried before: to create, instinctively and by love, the universe in which modern art can find both its place and this back-world which was formerly called the supernatural. «André Malraux inaugurating the Maeght Foundation, July 28 1964.
50th anniversary of the Maeght Foundation - Outside the walls
In 2014, the Maeght Foundation invites all art lovers to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary both on the hills of Saint-Paul de Vence and a little further: from Antibes and Biot, to Nice and Vallauris all the way to the Domaine de Kerguéhennec in Brittainy and the Musée des Augustins in Hazebrouck.
"Everything is openness, dialogue and sharing in the history of the Foundation which is why we are happy today to associate this anniversary with these amicable places of art and culture. Marguerite and Aimé Maeght created the Foundation with the artists; its architecture is open onto the sky and its gardens. Sert’s plans themselves were discussed with Miró and Giacometti; major exhibitions relied on and still rely on numerous collaborations. In fidelity to this spirit, we decided, together with these amicable museums or art centers, to offer a real journey for art lovers", says Olivier Kaeppelin, director of the Maeght Foundation.