Piet Mondrian, Alexander Calder, Niki de Saint Phalle and Pierre Soulages are among the twentieth-century artists whose names have entered our everyday language, conjuring images and evoking objects, motifs, colors.
Today, we us eexpressions anchored in our collective imagination such as International Klein Blue or a Giacometti figure, and visitors at the Centre Pompidou are able to identify a Picasso, a Matisse or a Miro.
There must be a good reason for this_ or rather, a variety of explanations: while some artists rose to fame at an early age, others patiently plowed their own furrows to establish their art.
Abstrac art, Dadaism, surrealism, all the avant-garde movements had their leading figures.
Some fell prey to advertising when others playes partsin novels and TV series, each carving out their own legend and influencing the next generations. We have all seen or heard of Duchamp's urinal, César's compressions, and Warhol's self-portrait. But the question is: Why?
160 pages / 100 illustrations
Publication date: 30 Sep 2020
Dimensions: 16 × 24 cm
Published by Rmn Grand Palais. In partnership with Centre Pompidou
- Paris - Musée national d'Art moderne - Centre Pompidou
- Art movement
- Modern & Contemporary Art