Franz Marc / August Macke. The adventure of the Blue Rider exhibition at the Orangerie, 6th March – 17th June 2019
Franz Marc (1880-1916) and August Macke (1887-1914) were two major figures in German expressionism. This new exhibition at the Orangerie explores their work, friendship and appreciation of Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin…
A pivotal moment for the two painters was when the met Kandinsky in 1911 – Franz Marc abandoned landscape painting and started to paint his now famous blue horses, while August Macke wrote a study on Aftrica, masks.
Influenced by the Italian Futurists, Tunisia and Africa, both were drafted in 1914 and died on the front, leaving many unfinished works behind them…
A number of interesting events accompany the exhibition:
— the opening conference,
— a study day in French (Franz Marc et August Macke. Deux artistes allemands face à l’histoire),
— a Curious Nocturne on Saturday 16th March 2019 starting 7.30pm (the museum’s first everr!) with a huge musical improv jam in the Waterlillies room, ‘enigmas’ (?) and ‘philosophical performances’,
— showings of four German films from the 1920s,
A 2015 documentary called Franz Marc, la dernière chevauchée du “Cavalier bleu” is also being shown every day in the auditorium at 3.30pm, and a catalogue of the exhibition is available (192 pages, 40€ here at amazon.fr).