KUPKA - PIONEER OF ABSTRACTION
- 21 March 2018 to 30 July 2018 - Grand Palais
Kupka is one of the great pioneers of abstract art that emerged at the beginning of the 20th Century. But his highly personal work was not only marked by his rejection of conventional representation. It revisits a history of abstract art that has its roots in Viennese symbolism nurtured by a spiritual and philosophical heritage specific to Central Europe.
As a journey back to Kupka's entire career from the 19th Century up to the post-war era, this exhibition sheds light on the steps leading to this transformation.
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Colours do not only maintain their representative character in the first Parisian portraits but tend to convey physical and physiological emotions, becoming instruments of dynamism and finally, simplifying painting by discarding the subject to reign supreme. This universal geometrical language upholds the painting as fragment of a world of harmony that banishes the boundary between the visible and the invisible