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, 24 août 1958. Oil on canvas, 130 x 89 cm Photograph : Sandra Pointet © Fondation Gandur pour l’Art, Genève. ADAGP Paris 2021.

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At the heart of Abstraction: Works from the collection of the Fondation Gandur pour l'Art

The exhibition at the Fondation Maeght will show works from the collection of the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art from the 2nd of July until the 20th of November 2022 and offers an immersion in the vibrant creation of the years 1945 to 1980.

Guest curator: Yan Schubert, the Gandur Collection pour l’Art curato

After the Second World War, artists from all over the world flocked to Paris, which had regained its position as a cultural capital.

This marked the beginning of a period of great artistic effervescence during which the geometric trend, born out of the avant-garde movements of the early 20th century, evolved in parallel with the emergence of a generation of artists who rethought painting and its supports and revolutionised abstract art by transcending gesture and material thanks to new techniques and tools.

Reflecting the multiple forms that abstraction took during these years of creation, the exhibition proposes an exploration of the lyrical and gestural abstraction of Georges Mathieu, Hans Hartung and Pierre Soulages, the abstract expressionism of Sam Francis and Joan Mitchell, the geometric abstraction of Victor Vasarely, the minimal painting of Martin Barré and the kinetic sculpture of Jean Tinguely.

By questioning traditional pictorial means, the Supports/Surfaces group marks both the conclusion of this period of intense experimentation and the beginning of an evolution that continues today.

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