Kupka, pioneer of abstraction, our pictures of the exhibition at Grand Palais in Paris

From March 21 to July 30, 2018, Grand Palais devotes a retrospective to Czech artist František Kupka in partnership with Centre Pompidou, Prague Národní Galerie and Helsinki Ateneum Art Museum.

Discovering the origins of abstract art… From March 21 to July 30, 2018, Grand Palais – in partnership with Centre Pompidou, Prague Národní Galerie and Helsinki Ateneum Art Museum, offers an exhibition around painter František Kupka’s life and work entitled Kupka, pioneer of abstraction.

A retrospective about the Czech artist’s life, his work and how he approached the two main movements in the 19th and 20th centuries that paced his own career: symbolism and abstraction. All in all, 300 works are exhibited along a semi-chronological, semi-theme tour: paintings, newspapers, manuscripts, engravings, photographs, movies, drawings… as many works creating the five sections of the exhibition.

Kupka, Pionnier de l'abstraction, les photos de l'expo au Grand Palais

Five areas allowing the public to “attractively enter the creator’s specific universe”: “Find your path”, “A new dawn”, “Inventions and classifications”, “Reminiscences and Overviews” and “Ultimate renewals”. The exhibition focuses on the “key-moment of his creative period, the symbolist masterpieces and the first Parisian expressionist portraits” as well as on the artist’ debut with abstract art from 1912 or his “machinist” period in the late 1920’s.

A retrospective highlighting Kupka’s taste for philosophy, religions, sciences, poetry and ancient and oriental cultures too. After Paris, the exhibition will stop by the National Gallery in Prague, from September 2018 to January 2019 and Helsinki Ateneum Art Museum from February to May 2019.

Laurent P.
Last updated on 20 March 2018

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From 21 March 2018 to 30 July 2018



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    75008 Paris 8

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