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Classical modernist artworks soon in Abu Dhabi

Classical modernist artworks soon in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi - Exhibition will run at Louvre Abu Dhabi run from September 18 to December 7.


Ismail Sebugwaawo

Published: Thu 5 Sep 2019, 10:30 PM

Last updated: Fri 6 Sep 2019, 12:38 AM

Some of the world's finest art will be showcased at the forthcoming exhibition at the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Rendezvous in Paris: Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani & Co. (1900 -1939), will showcase over 80 works by artists including Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani, Marc Chagall, Juan Gris, Chaïm Soutine, Constantin Brancusi and Tamara de Lempicka.
The exhibition that traces the creative output of immigrant artists living and working in Paris throughout the first half of the 20th century will run at Louvre Abu Dhabi run from September 18 to December 7. It will be held in partnership with Paris' Centre Pompidou and organised with Agence France-Muséums.
Through paintings, sculptures and photographs by 50 avant-garde artists, the exhibition will explore the Paris of the 'Roaring Twenties'. Paris' dynamism and cosmopolitan nature made it an attractive, Bohemian hub for artists from across Europe, many of whom left their home countries in the post World War I years in search of a place where they could express themselves creatively. Gathering in cafés, salons, studios and galleries, this artistic community transformed the 'City of Lights' into the creative heart of Europe, and how they experimented with radical expressions of colour to produce some of the most iconic artworks in history.
Manuel Rabaté, director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, said: "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.
"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."
Rabaté added: "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."
Dr Souraya Noujaim, scientific, curatorial and collections management director at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, said: "From cubism and fauvism to Russian avant-garde and other genres, this exhibition will highlight the incredible contributions to modern art by émigré artists in Paris. Encapsulating the foundation of Louvre Abu Dhabi as a universal museum, Rendezvous in Paris brings together cross cultural artworks, showcasing one of the key aspects of our mission."
Visitors to Rendezvous in Paris will enjoy an immersive journey that embodies the artistic spirit so characteristic of Paris in early decades of the 1900s, exploring the diversity of the creative output during that time.
Tracing the physical and psychological journeys of these iconic artists, the exhibition will examine the development of some of Modern art's most prominent styles and reflect on the unifying threads of displacement and multiculturalism that often shaped the experiences of the members of this diverse group.
The exhibition includes masterpieces from the collection of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, such as Picasso's Woman seated in an armchair (1910) and Chagall's To Russia, Asses and Others.

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