What's on in Paris in Winter 2007/2008

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Cubist Picasso
Picasso Museum
19th September 2007 to 7th January 2008

Picasso’s Cubism carried his own distinctive style inspired by Expressionist drama and Cézanne-like rhythmic lyricism. It was also permeated by primitive influences such as Iberian or African art, antique Oceanic sculpture or Byzantine art.
The word Cubist, which was taken up by the press from Matisse’s tirade upon seeing a landscape of ‘little cubes’ by Braque in 1908, was in fact a diminutive to which Picasso himself did not at first adhere. However, in 1923, in an interview with Marius de Zayas he finally accepted the terminology.
The Cubists considered the art of their predecessors, from the Renaissance to the Impressionists, as illusionist in the sense of ‘trompe-l’œil’, as opposed to their own point of view that was more conceptual, more objective, and in fact closer to the pre-Renaissance idea of art. They aimed at an art that would appeal to the spirit rather than to the eye. Apollinaire, the theoretician of the movement, mentioned for the first time the suggestion of the “Fourth Dimension” in Cubist works.

Cubism evolved to include ‘collage’, which was approved in 1912 by Apollinaire: “You can paint with any means from pipes to postage stamps, playing cards or newspapers…”.
This exhibition aims to show the specificity of Picasso as well as his different phases within Cubism. This includes his Cubist works inspired by African art, those inspired by Cézanne, his ‘hermetic’, ‘analytic’ or ‘synthetic’ tendencies, as well as his use of ‘collage’ and other concepts within Cubism. The exhibition has been organized in the framework of the international celebration of the centenary of Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907). It is a follow-up of the superb exhibition that the Picasso Museum put on in 1987 for this seminal work that Daniel Kahnweiler designated as marking the beginning of Cubism, and reflects similar efforts organized by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Primitivism in XXth century Art (1984) as well as Braque/Picasso: Pioneers of Cubism (1990).

Musée Picasso

Hôtel Salé, 5 Rue de Thorigny,
Paris 3rd
Phone 33(0)1 42 71 25 21
Metro: Filles du Calvaire, Saint-Paul
Open: 9:30 to 17:30
Closed: Tuesdays
Price: 9.50 Euros

Odilon Redon – Drawings
Orsay Museum
16th October 2007 to 6th January 2008

Darkness, depth and mystery fascinated Odilon Redon, who used the black of charcoal to convey his symbolic language and the depth of his sentiments since the 1890s.  “Every thing came to me under the pencil, charcoal, this volatile powder, intangible, escaping the hand.
And that’s how this medium, because it expressed me best, stayed with me. This commonplace matter, that has no beauty of its own, facilitated my research on the chiaroscuro and the invisible.  It is disliked by artists and neglected and, I must admit, charcoal does not allow one to be pleasant, but it allows depth. You can make the most of it only through the feeling itself.” (Odilon’s letter to Edmond Picard, l’Art Moderne, Brussels). Later, he opted for pastels to open up to other colors than black.  He finds colors are comforting, and from the mid 1890s he gradually abandoned his blacks.

His imagery was interpreted by his contemporaries as literary or illustrative, but despite its references to Shakespeare and Edgar Allen Poe, he refused these readings of his work, insisting that “his constant concern was to obey the natural laws and that of life”. His inspiration, he said, stems from the real but invisible world that is further enriched by scientific discovery, in particular by the discoveries in botany and zoology of his time.
The exhibition is essentially based on the Orsay Museum’s collection of drawings by Odilon Redon, which was donated to the museum by Claude Roger-Marx in 1974 and his daughter René Asselain in 1978. However, the main collection, major works that are unknown to the public, are from the donation of the artist’s son Ari Redon and his wife in 1984.  This allows a better comprehension of the origin of the profound originality of Odilon Redon’s work between 1880 and 1900. 

Musée d'Orsay

62, rue de Lille/1 rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris 7th
Metro: Musée d'Orsay or Solferino

Open: 10:00 to 18:00
Thursdays until 21:45 and Sundays from 9:00 to 18:00
Closed: Mondays
Price: 8.50 Euros (Museum + temporary exhibitions).
Photography gallery, ground floor.

Information at 33 (0)1 40 49 47 50