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.