Friday, September 4, 2009

Jean Dubuffet - A retrospective

Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985) was on of the most important French painters and sculptors of the 20th century. From June 19th through August 30th, 2009, the Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung in Munich shows an extensive retrospective of the work by Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985), consisting of more than 150 paintings, works on paper and sculptures.

His intermediate position between the poetry of artists like Paul Klee or Max Ernst and the sensitive surface treatments of informal painting from the 1950s has always been recognized and lauded by his colleagues.

Jean Dubuffet/Triumphator, 1973© VG Bildkunst, Bonn 2009The exhibition will display the entire oeuvre of this artist, who was also an author, poet and philosopher. Individual key works highlight the path of the artist from figurative painting to abstract and back. Dubuffet always demanded, “art should jostle the mind in order to put it in motion”. He complied with this challenge by using uncommon media and unusual forms within his creative process, his main goal being to realise something different and new. The once shocking imagery of graffiti on walls finds a new aesthetic within his work. And the now ever so popular interconnecting of high and low culture can also be traced back to Dubuffet.

Important loans from museums like the Centre Pompidou and the Musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris, the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin and many other museums, galleries and private collections throughout Europe could be secured


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