Wednesday, June 24, 2015

MAM permanent collection

File under "free" Paris. The Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris or MAM charges for its excellent temporary exhibitions but has free access to its permanent collection of 20th century art.
The neon sculpture in the lobby, Structure of Neon, 1951, is by Lucio Fontana.
 We also liked the huge mural, La Fée Électricité (The Electricity Fairy), that Raoul Dufy painted for the International Exposition of 1937.
Detail of La Fée Électricité -- scientists involved in the history of  electricity.
The permanent collection includes unusual works like this painting on a ceramic vase by Georges Rouault, 1907-1919.
We liked the Kees Van Dongens in the collection as well. Portrait de Renée Maha, dite Le Sphinx, 1920.
Portrait de Renée Maha, detail.
Kees Van Dongen. La Vasque fleurie, 1917.
We loved Van Dongen's dog
John went in for details again on this lovely painting by Pierre Bonnard, Le déjeuner ca 1932.
Portrait of Pierre Bonnard, 1930-1935 by Édouard Vuillard.
Henley Regatta with Flags, ca 1933, Raoul Dufy.
John photographing art information at a display case.
Danseuse, 1913, Jacques Lipchitz
I liked this constructivist piece, Still Life with a pipe, 1914 by Georges Braque
and this Fernand Léger painting, Man with a pipe, 1920.
Kurt Schwitters. Mirror-collage, ca 1920-1922.
Neither of us could resist the Chaim Soutines - Grotesque (self-portrait), 1929
and La Femme en rouge, ca 1923-24.
I loved this Temple of Beauty, 1925 by Jules Pascin. I've long been a fan of Pascin's work and on this trip John found me the last copy of a wonderful catalogue of his work at the MAM bookstore!
MAM has a whole room of lovely Giorgio de Chiricos, like Mysterious Melancholy, 1919.
John with some of the de Chiricos.
Giorgio de Chico. Head of a Mysterious Animal, 1975.
Visitor amongst the de Chiricos. Migraine?
They had a nice collection of de Chirico sculptures as well.
Here are your blog hosts in the MAM elevator.
Composition, 1950, Sam Francis
  I'd never seen this mysterious painting Le soir a Saragosse, 1965 by Dorothea Tanning.
I enjoyed the Art Deco art and furniture in one of the final rooms like Les Sports, 1935, one of 5 lacquer panels for the smoking lounge of the Nornandie luxury liner by Jean Dunand
and Robert Delaunay's huge mural, Rythme #1, a decoration commissioned for le Salon des Tuileries, International Exhibition, 1938. After your visit we recommend a drink in MAM's excellent  café.

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