previews

  • Paula Modersohn-Becker, Buste d’une femme en noir au mouchoir (Bust of a Woman in Black with Handkerchief), 1906, oil on canvas on board, 20 1/8 × 19 7/8".

    “Paula Modersohn-Becker: L’intensité d’un Regard”

    Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
    11 avenue du Président Wilson
    April 8 - August 21

    Curated by Julia Garimorth

    Following its huge success last year at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen, the new iteration of this expansive exhibition will include 135 paintings and drawings from 1900 to 1907, a period that encompasses Modersohn-Becker’s several sojourns in Paris. The show, according to Garimorth, has been “adapted to the French public.” Among the French authors contributing to the catalogue are historian and critic Elisabeth Lebovici and novelist Marie Darrieussecq, winner of the 2013 Prix Médicis. Darrieussecq’s Etre ici est une splendeur: Vie de Paula M. Becker, which relates the writer’s encounter with the works of the artist, will be published by POL Editeur in to coincide with this show.

  • “Paul Klee: L’ironie à l’œuvre”

    Centre Pompidou
    Place Georges-Pompidou
    April 6 - August 1

    Curated by Angela Lampe

    Paul Klee’s complex oeuvre, in all its disparate media, inspires continual reassessment. Using Friedrich Schlegel’s notion of romantic irony as an organizational device, Lampe traverses Klee’s career—from his rarely considered early reversed glass paintings to his iconic Angelus Novus, which will be displayed on this occasion for the first time in France, to his later work made in the shadow of Nazi Germany. At each step, Klee’s aesthetic whimsy is shown to be entwined with a self-consciously quixotic effort to reveal the transcendental realm beyond the visible world. With nearly 250 paintings, works on paper, and sculptures on display, the exhibition and catalogue invite us to reconsider one of the most individualistic artists of the twentieth century.