Soulages at the Louvre exhibition, 11th December 2019 – 9th March 2020

The 100th birthday of artist-slash-behemoth Pierre Soulages – who still creates – are being celebrated at the Louvre with a new exhibition, or rather a new retrospective, showing works from over seven decades. 😳

Exposition Soulages au Louvre du 11 décembre 2019 au 9 mars 2020
© Archives Soulages © ADAGP, Paris 2019

While Soulages has already had a couple of pieces shown at the Louvre, this is the first time that an exhibition there is dedicated entirely to him. As it happens, the artist already has a special relationship with the place – in 1969, Soulages was invited to define the colour to be used in the rooms dedicated to 19th century French painting, a deep red that is there to this day.

As for the retrospective, it’s more a question of absence of colour. The painter is famous for his totally abstract works filled with copious black, earning him a reputation as ‘the painter of black and light’.

Exposition Soulages au Louvre du 11 décembre 2019 au 9 mars 2020
Musée du Louvre / Antoine Mongodin © ADAGP, Paris 2019

Presented chronologically, the exhibition shows how Soulages attempts to bring out light by applying black, and also how his style changed notably in 1979, when he started using different textures to ‘capture’ or ‘refuse’ light.

Exposition Soulages au Louvre du 11 décembre 2019 au 9 mars 2020
© Archives Soulages © ADAGP, Paris 2019

Linked with the exhibition, you might be interested by:

a weekend with Pierre Soulages on 10th, 11th & 12th January 2020 with a presentation of the exhibition, a concert including a brand new work by Pascal Dusapin, commissioned by the Louvre (No. 3 – Black Letters), a conference, a showing of the film Soulages, le noir et la lumière by Jean-Noël Cristiani (that you can also watch below)…

— a different film showing on 23rd January 2020 at 12.30pm for the International Days of Art on Film,

— four conferences on Thursdays in February 2020,

— a second Soulages exhibition at the Pompidou Centre with fourteen works on show, some never seen before in Paris…

A catalogue of the exhibition is also available (176 pages, 80 illustrations, 35€ here at amazon.fr).

Exposition Soulages au Louvre du 11 décembre 2019 au 9 mars 2020

The exhibition Soulages au Louvre is at the Louvre (here) from 11th December 2019 – 9th March 2020

Open every day except Tuesdays from 9am – 6pm (10pm Wednesdays and Fridays)

Admission : 15€ (includes museum entrance)

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. 🇫🇷 Le mardi c’est #JourDeFermeture ! 👀 La Cour du Sphinx se prépare à vous accueillir dès demain, après plus d’un an de fermeture au public. – 🔎 Dans cette cour se trouve la mosaïque des Saisons. Datant du IVe siècle ap. J.-C., elle a été fraîchement restaurée par l’atelier de restauration du musée Gallo-Romain de Saint-Romain-en-Gal. Retrouvée dans un faubourg d’Antioche dans les années 1930, cette mosaïque ornait probablement une vaste pièce d’une maison et comportait un bassin octogonal en son centre. – 🌿 La mosaïque des Saisons tire son nom de la représentation des quatre saisons sous les traits de figures féminines ailées. On retrouve également des scènes de chasse et des scènes bucoliques, avec la présence de divers oiseaux. La restauration des tesselles, en marbre, calcaire et pâte de verre, a permis de révéler la richesse chromatique de ce pavement ainsi que la grande finesse de sa réalisation. – 👉 Cette restauration a bénéficié du soutien de la Fondation A. G. Leventis. – 📍A découvrir dès demain en salle 419, aile Denon ! – – – – 🌍 Tuesday is #ClosingDay! 👀 The Sphinx yard is getting ready to welcome you tomorrow, after one year of closure to the public. – 🔎 In this yard is the Seasons mosaic. Dating from the 4th century AD, it has been freshly restored by the restoration workshop of the musée Gallo-Romain of Saint-Romain-en-Gal. Found in Antioch in the 1930s, this mosaic probably adorned a large room in a house and had an octagonal fountain in its centre. – 🌿 The Seasons mosaic takes its name from the representation of the four seasons as winged female figures. There are also hunting scenes and bucolic scenes, with the presence of various birds. The restoration of the tesserae, in marble, limestone and glass paste, revealed the chromatic richness of this pavement as well as the great finesse of its construction. – 👉 This restauration was supported by the A. G. Leventis Foundation. – 📍To be discovered starting tomorrow in room 419, Denon wing! – 📷 © Musée du Louvre – Cécile Giroire / Maëlys Feunteun / Yoko Sfoggia / Marianne Fromencourt . . . #MuséeDuLouvre #Louvre

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