Jean Hélion: the pioneer of abstraction unveiled in a retrospective exhibition at MAM

Published by Cécile de Sortiraparis · Photos by Cécile de Sortiraparis · Published on January 18th, 2024 at 09:25 p.m.
Discover Jean Hélion, the French painter who imported abstract art to the United States, in an exhibition at the Musée d'Art Moderne from March 22 to August 18, 2024.

Jean Hélion 's work and career have had a major impact on the art world of the 20th century. To restore this forgotten painter to his rightful place, the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is organizing a major retrospective of the same name, on view from March 22 to August 18, 2024.

The exhibition brings together over 150 works by Jean Hélion, including 103 paintings, 50 drawings, various notebooks and archive documents, rarely shown to the public. The chronological layout provides an overview of the artist's career, from his beginnings between the wars, through his various artistic experiments, to his greatest successes.

In the 1920s, Jean Hélion turned toabstraction, a fledgling artistic movement he discovered alongside Piet Mondrian and Fernand Léger. In the 1930s, the French painter moved to the United States, bringing with him the abstract art that soon developed across the Atlantic.

Cubism, figuration and abstract still lifes: Jean Hélion's style evolved over the decades. His art was pushed to theextreme, to such an extent that art professionals eventually turned their backs on him. Undeterred by this boycott, Jean Hélion persisted in his art, seeking to represent his truth, his vision of the world.

Very popular during his lifetime, appreciated by his fellow artists, Jean Hélion has now been forgotten. What if we were to rediscover him at the Musée d'Art Moderne?

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From March 22th, 2024 to August 18th, 2024

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