Paris

Paris

“FELIX FÉNÉON (1861–1944): ARTS FROM DISTANT LANDS”

musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac
37 Quai Branly

Curated by Isabelle Cahn and Philippe Peltier

Felix Fénéon became a critic, gallerist, and Communist after being fired from the civil service for his alleged (and probable) bombing of a restaurant directly opposite the French senate. A lifelong anti-imperialist, he also called for the Louvre to give space to “art from distant lands,” which at that time was relegated to provincial museums of ethnology. Featuring Fénéon’s personal collection of artworks from Africa, Oceania, and the French avant-garde, this exhibition will examine his attempt to suspend such separations. Like last year’s revelatory presentation of Carl Einstein’s archive at Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt, this show will offer a glimpse into futures past: a time when, in the shadow of World War I, it appeared not only possible but politically urgent and necessary to construct a universal history of art. Travels to Musée de l’Orangerie and Musée d’Orsay, Paris, October 16, 2019–January 27, 2020; Museum of Modern Art, New York, spring 2020.