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  • ‘Revolution, the Great Pain, Revolutionaries of the 20th Century Contemporary Art’ Fauvism Masterpiece Exhibition

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    June 13 (Thur.) – September 15 (Sun.), 2019 / Sejong Museum of Art

    Fauvism Masterpiece Exhibition
    Title Revolution, the Great Pain, Revolutionaries of the 20th Century Contemporary Art
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    Venue Sejong Museum of Art 1, 2 20세기 현대미술의 혁명가들 - 혁명 그 위대ㅑ한 고통 - 2019 6.13 - 9.15
    Period June 13 (Thur.) – September 15 (Sun), 2019, 10:30-20:00 *Last entrance 19:00
    Entrance Fee JAdults: KRW 15,000, Adolescents (13-18): KRW 12,000, Children (7-12): KRW 10,000
    *Toddlers (3-6) & Those over 65 years of age: KRW 8,000, Babies aged under 36 months: Free
    Exhibits Over 140 works including paintings, drawings, photos, sculptures, videos, and documents

    Sejong Center for the Performing Arts hosts ‘Revolution, the Great Pain, Revolutionaries of the 20th Century Contemporary Art’—Fauvism Masterpiece Exhibition (hereinafter “Fauvism Masterpiece Exhibition”) from June 13 (Thur.) to September 15 (Sun.) at Sejong Museum of Art. The Fauvism Masterpiece Exhibition displays a total of over 140 artworks, including paintings, photos, sculptures, videos and more, that carry the spirit of the ‘revolutionary artists’ of the 20th century, who became the watershed of the contemporary and abstract art.

    The Fauvism Masterpiece Exhibition is the first exhibition in Korea that shows the collection of Musée d’art moderne de Troyes of France. The Musée d’art moderne de Troyes opened in 1982 as Pierre and Denise Lévy, the owners of the garment brand Lacoste, had donated in 1976 about 2,000 artworks they had collected for over 40 years. During the two years in which the remodeling of the museum, which is a historic building that was designated as a national heritage, is underway, the exhibitions will be held at only two locations—Korea and Germany.

    Unlike the art until the 20th century, the contemporary art, which was born after the advent of the camera in 1839, did not represent the world as it is seen through the eyes anymore and contained the inside of the human, subconsciousness, and the world of imagination focusing on the message and philosophy of the artists. The Fauvism Masterpiece Exhibition is prepared to let visitors understand the major contemporary artists, groups, and the background against which they were born and their principal by showing the masterpieces of fauvism and cubism that marked the beginning of the contemporary art.

    In autumn of 1905, Salon d’Automne was planned by Henri Matisse (1869-1954), where seven artists submitted their works of rough brushstrokes and blazing vibrant colors. The critics called the artists who painted the shocking paintings of intense primary colors and rugged lined “fauves,” to express their criticism and mockery. In autumn of 1908, Georges Braque (1882-1963) submitted Houses at L’Estaque as he was influenced by Les Demoiselles d’Avignon by Pablo Ruiz Picasso (1881-1973). The form in which the artists analyzed the objects with gaudy colors and reorganized nature after breaking it into pieces was sarcastically called “cubism.” The people of the time was enchanted by “fauvism,” which refers to “wild beasts,” and “cubism,” which refers to “cubes,” and the two terms became the greatest titles in the history of contemporary art.

    The stories about the time of the early 20th century, the tremendous efforts of the artists, their relationship, and the art dealer who helped their growth are connected like a drama. Ambroise Vollard (1866-1939), the greatest art dealer of Europe who had an excellent eye for art as he opened the first solo exhibitions of Paul Cezanne, Henry Matisse, Pablo Ruiz Picasso, was attracted by the painting of Andre Derain (1880-1954) at Salon d’Automne and asked him to create a painting of the scene of London. Vollard asked him to paint a new age, not just a simple landscape, and Derain created Big-Ben with a new perspective, an outstanding work that marked the beginning of the 20th century. The work is acknowledged as one of the greatest works of Fauves, in which the rapidly shifting present and the prospective future are expressed.

    The Fauvism Masterpiece Exhibition is remarkable as it is the first exhibition of the collection of the Musée d’art moderne de Troyes. The artworks that are managed as an important collection of national treasures will nurture the visitors’ insight to empathize and read the time through the art. In particular, Big-Ben by Derain will be exhibited at the exhibition for the first time in Asia.

    Major Exhibits

    Fauvism Masterpiece Exhibition
    Big-Ben, 1906
    Oil on canvas
    Derain, André

    © Laurent Lecat / Troyes, musée d’Art moderne, collections nationales Pierre et Denise Lévy

    Paysage à l’Estaque, 1907
    Oil on canvas
    Braque, Georges

    © Laurent Lecat / Troyes, musée d’Art moderne, collections nationales Pierre et Denise Lévy

    Ascot, 1925
    Oil on canvas
    Dufy, Raoul

    © Ville de Troyes, Carole Bell / Troyes, musée d’Art moderne, collections nationales Pierre et Denise Lévy

    Jeanne Hébuterne, 1918
    Oil on canvas
    Modigliani, Amedeo

    © Laurent Lecat / Troyes, musée d’Art moderne, collections nationales Pierre et Denise Lévy