Paris

Paris

Wifredo Lam

Centre Pompidou
Place Georges-Pompidou
September 30, 2015–February 15, 2016

Curated by Catherine David

Visitors to the retrospective of Wifredo Lam at the Centre Pompidou will confront many things at once: an expanded geography of Surrealism, a bid for one painter’s canonization as an exemplary “plural modernist” (a term the museum recently used to advertise a rehang of its collection), and a case for the centrality of African Creole cultures to the formation of “European” modernity. A Cuban-born painter of mixed-race ancestry, Lam thought of his practice as an act of decolonization. Catherine David’s retrospective tracks Lam’s work across five decades, from 1926 to the early 1980s, and from Havana to Madrid, Paris, Marseille, and beyond. It will encompass more than four hundred works, from paintings and drawings to photographs and rare books, including Lam’s breakthrough canvas, The Jungle, 1943. Travels to the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Apr. 12–Aug. 15, 2016; Tate Modern, London, Sept. 14, 2016–Jan. 8, 2017.