by Ayesha Shaikh
  • 2 minute read
  • August 12, 2019
Louvre Abu Dhabi To Host A Major International Exhibition In September

Louvre Abu Dhabi will soon be home to an international exhibition featuring around 85 works by 20th-century modern masters.  Titled ‘Rendezvous in Paris: Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani & Co. (1900-1939)’, the show will present the creative production of emigrant artists who lived and worked in Paris in the first half of the 20th century.

Chaïm Soutine. The Best Man. 1924-1925. Oil on canvas. © RMN-Grand Palais (musée de l’Orangerie) / Hervé Lewandowski. Collection Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume

On view will be more than 80 works by artists including Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani, Marc Chagall, Juan Gris, Constantin Brancusi and Tamara de Lempicka. Held in collaboration with Paris’ Center Pompidou and Agence Grance-Muséums, the multimedia exhibition will feature paintings, sculptures and photographs that reference Paris of the roaring 20s. The showcase has been curated by Christian Briend, Chief Curator and Head of Modern Collections at Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou, assisted by Anna Hiddleston-Galloni, Assistant Curator, Modern collections at Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou.

It will trace the journeys of the iconic artists and the evolution of modern art styles, meditating on the ideas of displacement and multiculturalism that these cultural producers experienced as they left their home countries to settle in Paris to pursue their artistic dreams. Among the masterpieces to be displayed are Picasso’s Woman Seated in an Armchair (1910), Chagall’s To Russia, Asses and Others (1911), and Modigliani’s Portrait of Dédié (1918).

Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso. Cavaleiros (Riders). 1913. Oil on canvas. © Philippe Migeat – Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI /Dist. RMN-GP

“We are confident that ‘Rendezvous in Paris: Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani & Co (1900-1939)’ will be a blockbuster exhibition, a great start to our ambitious new 2019-20 season,” Manuel Rabaté, Director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, said in a release. “For the first time ever in Abu Dhabi, residents and visitors will be able to see works by Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani, Delaunay, Lipchitz and other masters in a show encompassing the key movements of 20th century Modern art. This gathering of the widest-ever range of classical Modernists’ works in the UAE reflects our commitment to bringing art from all over the world to our diverse audience.”

Jules Pascin. Alfred Flechtheim dressed as a Toreador. 1925. Oil on canvas. © Georges Meguerditchian – Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI /Dist. RMN-GP

Running from 17 September to 8 December, the exhibition will also feature cultural programming, a highlight of which is the Family Weekend (27-28 September), which will feature workshops inspired by the art of display. The programme will also include a series of film screenings proposed by Dubai-based artist Hind Mezaina.

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