Jean Arp, Francis Bacon, Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Mary Callery, Marc Chagall, Giorgio De Chirico, César Domela, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Jean Fautrier, Jean Hélion, Vassily Kandinsky, André Lhote, Roy Lichtenstein, Jacques Lipchitz, Alberto Magnelli, Henri Matisse, Gino Severini et Victor Servranckx

Opening, Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 11am

Exhibition organized by the 20th century national museums of the Alpes-Maritimes.

In 2018, the Fernand Léger National Museum continues its exploration of the friendly and artistic relations between the painter Fernand Léger (1881-1955) and the artists of his time.

By exposing the museum's collections and a selection of works created by major painters and sculptors of the European avant-garde, the exhibition reveals the mutual influences between the work of Fernand Léger and that of other artists of this period, in a context of artistic bubbling at the turn of the 20th century.

Of a naturally sociable and curious temperament, Fernand Léger was attentive to the many artistic and technical innovations of his century. He has always been surrounded by artists, with whom he has maintained more or less close and lasting exchanges, which nourished his reflection and influenced his approach as a painter.

At the crossroads of the main artistic movements of the early twentieth century - cubism, purism, futurism, surrealism - the work of Fernand Léger, which oscillates between abstraction and figuration, accompanied these great aesthetic upheavals: it made an original contribution to the construction of modernity, while demonstrating the independence of spirit and creation of the painter.

For this new edition, the meaning of the term "friend" widens by also addressing the question of the posterity of Fernand Léger: his work has indeed become a fertile source of inspiration for essential artists of the second half of the twentieth century such as Roy Lichtenstein or Francis Bacon who, beyond the generations, created a strong intellectual and aesthetic bond with their illustrious predecessor.

The exhibition benefits from exceptional loans from the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris, the Villa Arson in Nice, and private collections that have agreed to contribute to this exhibition, including the Maeght Foundation in Saint-Paul de Vence, the Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation in Monaco and the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris. We reiterate our warm thanks for the trust they place in us.
Ouvert tous les jours sauf le mardi, les 1er janvier, 1er mai, 25 décembre

de 10h à 17h de novembre à avril

de 10h à 18h de mai à octobre
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