Skip to main content

Exhibition / Museum

Passeurs (2e partie)

Exhibition-Dossiers on Historians, Art critics and Enlightened Art Lovers

14 Jan - 31 Aug 2016

The event is over

From 26 May 2015, indicated by grey-coloured walls, the exhibition-dossiers found throughout the circuit intensify the experience, offering numerous windows onto the history of modern art. These modules in various formats are renewed every six months, and explore a common issue. The second sequence, from 14 January 2016, is devoted again to great “go-betweens” in the shape of art critics and historians, enlightened art lovers and leading thinkers of the time, whose keen eye, tastes and friendships with artists made a decisive contribution to the development of 20th century art. Through their specific points of view, these figures helped to promote and shed light on modern works. The tribute paid to them within a circuit focused on the major landmarks of modern art provides some powerful, singular moments in exploring the writing and construction of the history of art.

The Steins, Blaise Cendrars, Wilhelm Uhde, Oswald de Andrade, Wassily Kandinsky with his classes at the Bauhaus, André Breton, Aimé Césaire, Robert Lebel, Francis Ponge, Siegfried and Carola Giedion, Bernard Gheerbrant, Alain Jouffroy and Reyner Banham were all outstanding “go-betweens” driven by unfailing curiosity. Attentive to the new and bold in their choices, they were genuine discoverers. The Steins were the first to buy the work of Matisse and Picasso, while Uhde was the first to sponsor the haunted work of Séraphine de Senlis. Some of these often magnetic personalities with strong standpoints gathered iconic artists around them, like Breton, the father of Surrealism, and Lebel, at the initiative of many literary and artistic projects. Occasionally themselves creators – such as the poets and writers Cendrars, Andrade, Césaire, Ponge and Jouffroy –, they launched out into the depths of modernity alongside the artists of their times.

These exhibition-dossiers, the joint endeavour of all the museum’s teams, are further highlighted by the Cahiers du Musée national d’art moderne (which will be devoting a special issue to each half-yearly sequence), and by various conferences and special study days staged at the Centre Pompidou.

The Steins: “singular brothers and sister”
(Curator: Cécile Debray with the collaboration of Anna Hiddleston)
Room 2

Blaise Cendrars, 1887-1961: Poet and adventurer
(Curator: Jean-Michel Bouhours and Nathalie Ernoult with the collaboration of Sylvia Bozan)
Cross-piece 3

Wilhelm Uhde, 1874-1947: The discoverer
(Curator: Angela Lampe with the collaboration of Valérie Gross)
Room 12

Oswald de Andrade, 1890-1954: Cannibal go-between
(Curator: Leonardo Tonus (Maître de conférence/Université Paris-Sorbonne), Mathilde Bartier and Julie Champion)
Cross-piece 4

Wassily Kandinsky , 1866-1944: Professor at the Bauhaus
(Curator: Christian Briend and Angelika Weissbach (Berlin), assisted by Véronique Borgeaud and Anne Lemonnier)
On the Société Kandinsky’s initiative, a major work by Angelika Weissbach on the entire written and pictorial material for Kandinsky’s classes at the Bauhaus was published in 2015 (Gebr. Mann Verlag, Berlin).
Cross-piece 5

André Breton, 1896-1966: 42, rue Fontaine
(Curators: Jean-Michel Bouhours and Camille Morando)
Room 21

Aimé Césaire, 1913-2008: The encounter of giving and receiving
(Curator: Mica Gherghescu, with the participation of Julie Champion)
Our sincere thanks to the library of the Assemblée Nationale, the Musée Picasso, the publisher Présence africaine and the Roger-Viollet collections.
Cross-piece 6

Robert Lebel, 1901-1986: A questing spirit
(Curators: Bernard Blistène, Julie Champion and Mathilde Bartier)
Room 24

Francis Ponge, 1899-1988: The production of works
(Curators: Anne Lemonnier and Julie Champion, with the participation of Mathilde Bartier)
Cross-piece 7

Carola Weckler-Giedion, 1893-1979 and Siegfried Giedion, 1888-1968: Towards the unity of mankind
(Curators: Aurélien Lemonier and Véronique Borgeaud with the collaboration of Lorraine Capelli)
Room 25

Bernard Gheerbrant and La Hune: at the border of two worlds
(Curator: Stéphanie Rivoire with Chloé Goualch and Brigitte Vincens)
Cross-piece 9

Alain Jouffroy, 1928-2015: The revolutionary individualist
(Curators: Didier Schulmann and Aurélien Bernard)
Room 34

Reyner Banham, 1922-1988: “Archaeology of the immediate future”
(Curator: Aurélien Lemonier)
Cross-piece 9


14 Jan - 31 Aug 2016
11am - 9pm, every days except tuesdays


Musée - Niveau 5