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Raymond Mason: Le Voyage
PARIS  •  Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris  •  7 March - 9 November 2014

To mark the acquisition of two major sculptures by Raymond Mason – the purchase of the bronze low relief La Place de l’Opéra (1957) and the donation by Madame Jeannine Hao of the painted work in plaster Le Voyage (1966–2010) – the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is paying tribute to this artist born in Birmingham in 1922. Raymond Mason moved to Paris in 1946 and lived there until his death in 2010.

This exhibition is one in a series of homages by the Museum to artists working in France whose work has not been widely shown. It comes in the wake of presentations of the work of Bernard Dufour (2008), Jean Dupuy (2009), Claude Garache (2012) and Pierre Henry (2013–2014).

The two works La Place de l’Opéra and Le Voyage by Raymond Mason are accompanied by a selection of seven sculptures and a number of drawings dating from 1950–2004, together with documentary photographs by Martine Franck and Henri Cartier-Bresson. All the exhibits come from the artist's Paris studio. This showing covers the main chronological stages in Mason's oeuvre with key works which for him were constant points of reference. It begins with the engraved bronze low relief street scene of Barcelona Tram (1953), a work praised by Picasso, which is followed by a series of drawn and sculpted Paris cityscapes.

Describing himself as a realist, Mason brings together passers-by from the streets in a dynamic, meticulously composed urban theatre. The glass-fronted box of St Mark’s Place, East Village, New York City (1972) offers an animated, colourful scene whose characters are transfigured by simple, vivid painting in the tradition of medieval statuary. He focuses our attention with a host of detailed facial expressions and varying emotions in the high-relief The Illuminated Crowd (1979-1980), of which poet Yves Bonnefoy would say, 'I look at The Illuminated Crowd and in it I see, first and foremost, the same empathy as ever with human affairs in all their most unglamorous manifestations.'

In other works the majestic beauty of the skyscrapers in the low-relief New York City (1987) is set off by Amazement (2003), with its hypnotic spectacle of the destruction of the Twin Towers on 9/11.

Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris Website

Contact: Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
11 avenue du Président Wilson
75116 Paris

Tel: (33) 01 53 67 40 00

1964 - 2014: Fifty years of masterpieces at the Maeght Foundation
SAINT-PAUL DE VENCE (CÔTE D'AZUR)  •  Maeght Foundation  •  28 June - 11 November 2014
This exhibit showcases some one hundred masterpieces, from Pierre Bonnard to Bernard Moninot to Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Alberto Giacometti and Pierre Soulages, Miquel Barceló and François Rouan.

Maeght Foundation Website

Contact: Fondation Maeght
623, chemin des Gardettes
06570 Saint-Paul-de-Vence
Tel: (33) 4 93 32 81 63

Claude Viallat
MONTPELLIER  •  Musée Fabre of Montpellier Agglomération  •  28 June - 2 November 2014
Made up of nearly 200 works, paintings, drawings and objects, the exhibition surveys Claude Viallat’s cursus over more than a half century, restoring his ceaseless exploration of techniques and materials.

Born in 1936 in Nîmes, trained at the School of Fine Arts in Montpellier, then in the School in Paris, Claude Viallat at the start queried the great tenets of figurative painting. The war in Algeria proved an important step with his first explorations on poor materials. The abandonment of figuration was the first radical change in his production. Claude Viallat invented, in 1966, a neutral shape, close to that of a palette, of a bean or a small bone. The affirmation of his style, with the invention of that, immediately recognizable, shape, was the departure point for an infinite exploration of the potentialities of color and of materials. A founding member of the Supports/Surfaces group in 1970, Viallat and the artists he saw at the time (Bioulès, Devade, Dezeuze…) sought to split open the space even as they assumed the precariousness of the new materials.

Musée Fabre of Montpellier Agglomération Website

Contact: Musée Fabre
39 Boulevard Bonne Nouvelle
34000 Montpellier
Tel: (33) 04 67 14 83 17

Events in Classical Music

Yuja Wang, piano
PARIS  •  Salle Pleyel  •  7 October 2014

Albéniz, Granados, Balakirev, Chopin, Liszt, Franz Liszt / Richard Wagner

Yuja Wang, piano

Salle Pleyel Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Salle Pleyel
252, rue du faubourg Saint-Honoré
75008 Paris
Tel: (33) 1 42 56 13 13

Events in Dance

TAO Dance Theater
TAO Dance Theater
TAO Dance Theater
PARIS  •  Theatre des Abessess  •  1 - 4 October 2014
TAO Dance Theater

Choreography: Tao Ye
Music: Xiao He
Llights: Ma Yue, Tao Ye
Costumes: Tao Ye, Li Min

with Lei Yan, Wang Mingchao, Fu Liwei, Mao Xue

On stage is one of China’s most celebrated dance companies.

Theatre des Abessess Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Theatre des Abessess
31 rue des Abbesses
Paris 18
Tel: (33) 1 42 74 22 77

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