Pierre Soulages, Peinture, 24 août 1958. Huile sur toile, 130 x 89 cm. Photo : Sandra Pointet © Fondation Gandur pour l’Art, Genève. ADAGP Paris 2021.

Pierre Soulages, Peinture 130 x 89 cm, 24 août 1958, Oil on canvas, 130 x 89 cm © Fondation Gandur pour l’Art, Genève. Photographer: Sandra Pointet © ADAGP, Paris, 2022.

To watch the video of the exhibition, visit here the website of the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art

At the Heart of Abstraction Works from the Collection of the Fondation Gandur pour l'Art

The exhibition at the Fondation Maeght showed works from the Collection of the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art from the 2nd of July until the 23rd of October 2022 offering an immersion in the vibrant creation of the years 1945 to the 1980s.

Guest curator: Yan Schubert, curator at the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art

Home to a collection of more than 13,000 works, the Fondation Maeght is always keen and honoured to showcase other collections, some of which are rarely accessible to the public, as it has consistently done in the past. This summer, from the 2nd of July to the  23rd of October, it is unveiling some 100 works from the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art (Geneva) and offering a riveting immersion into abstraction from the 1950s to the 1980s.

In the wake of Second World War, as many European artists exiled in the United States headed back to France, Paris regained its status as a hotbed of creativity and a global cultural capital. Driven by a thirst for freedom and a craving to rethink painting in the post-war years, artists from all over the world returned to their studios, abandoned during the German occupation, and engaged in an era of creative effervescence, be it in the arts, literature or filmmaking. While the breakthroughs by the vanguards of the first half of the 20th century were an invaluable post-war stimulus, abstract art renewed itself from the most gestural expression to the interrogation of materials, mediums and techniques.

The Fondation Gandur pour l’Art’s outstanding collection displayed at Fondation Maeght reveals the variety of forms embraced by abstraction during these creative years. Works by Hans Hartung, Martin Barré, Simon Hantaï or Pierre Soulages trace the evolution of non-figurative art over four decades. In a thematic and chronological layout, the exhibition invites the viewer to discover lyrical and gestural abstraction by Georges Mathieu, abstract expressionism by Sam Francis and Joan Mitchell, geometric abstraction by Victor Vasarely, kinetic works by Alexander Calder and Jean Tinguely, through to the rethinking of painting by the Supports/Surfaces group. The 1980s ushered in an era of revitalized abstract art, building on the hectic experimentation of earlier years.

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