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The Louvre Museum regularly welcomes contemporary artists, however it is rare to devote a major retrospective exhibition to them. After Marc Chagall and Pablo Picasso, make room for the great Pierre Soulages, from the 11th December 2019 until 9th March 2020. It’s one of the most beautiful exhibitions at the moment-the proof through 3 good reasons to go visit.
Because it’s an unprecedented event
Perhaps some may recall hardly ten years ago, Centre Pompidou made headlines by focusing on the “greatest painter of the modern French arena”, a vast retrospective exhibition for his 90th anniversary! Not many people banked on an exhibition celebrating his 100th anniversary! This year, he makes way in the most beautiful museum in the world, to honor the “exceptional durability of the artist’s career”: as few painters live and work(!) at such an elderly age. One gladly sees a promising reason for hope and courage-will creation be one of the most beautiful remedies, for the passage of time?
Because it combines a lifetime of creation
100 years of life, yes, but mainly 73 years of hard work, to turn back into the most promising light-emitter. At least this is what the Louvre Museum tells us, by bringing together the works, ranging from the year 1946 until October 2019-one could almost get a whiff of the fresh paint! It’s touching to see how Soulages moved on from abstractions to walnut stain (at the beginning of his career, until 1979), to the iconic thick black painting paste, which makes room for so many plays and variations, with the light of the world.
Because black wonderfully reflects Louvre’s decor
It’s an entire process: one needs to head towards the Denon aisle, after passing through security and ticketing, then move past Victoire de Samothrace and Italian masterpieces, to finally reach the Carre fair, divided into two huge exhibiting halls for the occasion. A chronological itinerary is used, through the works of Soulages, little walnut stain formats of his initial periods until the most recent big formats. The paintings are presented with a white background, just like in a Modern art museum and the light directed towards Soulages, peers a wonderful and gigantic roof in the shadow, covered in gold and painted frescoes. The dialogue is just amazing-to be honest, it’s less of a dialogue and more about being in the spotlight, Louvre tries to hide its rich decor to highlight the drastic abstraction of Soulages. A perfect success.
Daniel Reymann, abstraction and the uncertain
Daniel Reymann is contemplative, just like Soulages as he too gives particular attention to the field and the meta-physical reflections, which can be triggered within the spectator. “As a child, I would spend hours observing the reflections of light in a glass of water”, he willingly explains. Grand-son of a cabinetmaker, who gave him the passion for drawing, Daniel Reymann drew a lot through trials. He explains: “I touched everything that I came across. I am curious about everything. In terms of painting, I definitely prefer, oil, acrylic, a sort of tempera, pigmented Indian ink”. He likes mistakes, improvising, working in a somewhat urgent manner; his abstract compositions are entitled with poetic names like Invisible things or The Uncertain horizon, unveiling some of the secrets of his poetic universe. He pays attention to colors and materials, Daniel Reymann encourages us to observe the world, its glimmers, volumes, in a more precise manner through his great art variety.