Through the Light – Abstract Art in France. From Bazaine to Singier

Jean Bazaine, Gesang der Frühe II, 1985, Öl auf Leinwand, Privatsammlung, (c) VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

11 May to 29 September 2019

In cooperation with the Musée Granet in Aix-en-Provence and the Museum La Piscine — Musée d’art et d’industrie André Diligent in Roubaix, the Kunstmuseum Pablo Picasso Münster presents trends in non-figurative art in France. About 100 paintings from a Swiss private collection are on show, complemented by exhibits from French and Swiss museums. The exhibition was conceived and realised by the Fondation Jean et Suzanne Planque. The works on display cover a period of four decades from the 1950s onwards. Paintings by six artists can be seen. Cubism and Surrealism mark the work of these painters, who first came together for an exhibition in 1941. They were not a community of artists in the strict sense of the term, but a group of creative individualists bound by friendship.

After the Second World War, the course of these artists led them to non-representational art. Labels such as the “Second École de Paris” or “abstract landscape painting” were applied to this art, yet these expressions scarcely do justice to their versatility, as the non-representational world has many faces. The purpose is to rediscover French avant-garde painting after the Second World War, as the American style of abstract Expressionism has largely supplanted it in museums around the world. Münster is the only German venue for this presentation of international calibre.