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Masterpieces from the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris

Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris (MAM) and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao now present the new exhibition From Fauvism to Surrealism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris. The exhibition is sponsored by the BBVA Foundation, which has been able to showcase an array of around 70 art pieces by revolutionary artists.

The pieces exemplify the history of the MAM paired with a display of the artistic efforts that encompassed Paris during the leading decades in the 20th century. The bravery and freedom of fauvist and cubist artists in the two movements during this time period was deemed scandalous. The movements were able to transform conventional interpretation of portraiture, landscape and still-life.

MAM was developed on the Exposition Internationale (1937) as a homestead to modern art collections of the city of Paris. Exposition Internationale grew promptly in years after as more and more art was acquired by significant artists of the Parisian art scene, becoming a formal museum in 1961. Sponsors like Dr. Maurice Girardin provided vital support for the project, as his museum endowment of 1953 became the core for the collection of modern masters.

The pieces of the museum are arranged chronologically over three sections. The sections begin at the top of 20th century and lead to the time after World War II. The variety of artwork in this exhibition illustrates a historical viewpoint of the key protagonists that were so convoluted in crucial artistic movements.

Interview with Contemporary Photographer

In an interview of contemporary photographer Christy Lee Rogers by the Colnaghi Foundation, a non-profit London organization with the purpose of promoting Old Masters, art historian Isabelle Kent compares Rogers’ works to Ruben.

Kent, who lectures at the Victoria and Albert Museum and was a Curatorial Assistant at the Wallace Collection, said:

“[Rogers] is best known for her pioneering use of water and pools in her photography… [Rogers’] art plays with themes of strength and vulnerability, loss and beauty… creating ethereal and otherworldly images full of color and billowing fabrics. They have often been compared to Baroque paintings, in particular the likes of Caravaggio and I certainly think her multi-figure works, with all of their movement, really remind me of Rubens.”

In the interview Rogers, who won first prize in the Sony World Open Photographer of the Year Award and was recently commissioned by Apple, said, “There is a message in my work – it is connected to that Baroque feeling about something greater than ourselves, a drama and passion and motion.”

Listen to the interview here:

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