Multiple Modernities at Centre Pompidou


Multiple Modernities is a manifesto-exhibition, presenting a refreshed and broadened view of modern art. The Pompidou Centre has delved into its rich and varied collection to present a history of art from a global perspective, for the first time. This exhibition is an overview of modern art from 1905 to 1970 and contains an exceptional selection of over 1,000 works by 400 artists from 47 countries. It covers all fields of creation including the plastic arts, photography, film, architecture and design.Rather than the usual linear viewpoint focused on European movements, it presents a history now extended to include the fringes and outer reaches of art. This new-look journey through the collections is a genuine map of all the connections and cross-influences that have shaped the great adventure of modern art – not to mention movements going against the flow.Multiple Modernities is the result of exploratory work carried out by a team of curators and researchers headed by Catherine Grenier, Co-Director of the MNAM/CCI, in charge of research and globalisation. It draws on the often unsuspected riches of the Centre Pompidou’s collections, presenting a new interpretation of the history of modern art.This global, open-spirited presentation stages unprecedented encounters between the most celebrated masterpieces in the collection – by Matisse, Foujita, Mondrian, Frida Kahlo, Picasso, Kupka and many others – and several unfamiliar works: new acquisitions, donations and pieces brought back into the spotlight for the occasion.This enriched overview of the history of art opens out to a wide range of countries, immersing visitors in the extraordinary diversity of art forms in the 20th century. Through a presentation shored up by contextual references, Multiple Modernities evokes the diversity of experiments and artistic worlds explored by the moderns. Several sections of the exhibition thus cast light on artists’ interest in popular arts, modern life and applied arts.

Open:Wednesday, 23 October 2013
Close:Monday, 26 January 2015
Address:Centre Pompidou, 19 Rue Beaubourg, 75004 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 44 78 12 33
Opening hour:Mon-Sun | 11am-9pm
Closing day:Tue
Admission:€11 – €13, depending on the period reduced price: €9 – €10
Photo credits:MAN RAY 1890, Philadelphie (Etats Unis) – 1976, Paris (France) Le Violon d’Ingres 1924 Epreuve gélatino-argentique 31 x 24,7 cm 28,2 x 22,5 cm (hors marges) Achat à Mme Aube Breton-Elléouêt en 1993 © Man Ray Trust / ADAGP, Paris, 2013


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