Karel Appel: Art as Celebration! at the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris

From February 24, 2017 to August 20, 2017
  • The Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris, France

    The Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris, France

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Karel Appel: Art as Celebration! at the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris paris fr


“Art must be spontaneous, must come from a need deep inside.” The work of Dutch artist Karel Appel rejected established norms in pursuit of artistic freedom and playful naivety. He was a founding member of the CoBrA group of artists (an acronym of their native cities of Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam), formed in Paris in 1948. The group set out to eclipse such contemporary academic forms as abstract art, which they saw as excessively rigid and rational. In their place, these artists proposed a spontaneous, experimental form of art that included a set of techniques inspired by Primitivism. They were particularly interested in children's drawings and the art of the mentally disturbed, and held fast to the international aspirations characteristic of the avant-garde. Appel was considered Europe’s answer to the American abstract expressionist movement, spearheaded by Jackson Pollock.

Made possible by a donation of 17 paintings and four sculptures from the Karel Appel Foundation in Amsterdam, this exhibition at Paris’s modern art museum covers the artist's entire career, from the CoBrA years to his death in 2006. It comprises a series of landmark works including the Psychopathological Notebook and other ceramic pieces from the 1950s, larger installations dating back to the 1970s and 1990s and a little-known farewell painting produced by the artist at 85 years of age.

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