June 28, 2006 - Zachęta National Gallery of Art - FERNAND LEGER: FROM PAINTING TO ARCHITECTURE
June 28, 2006

FERNAND LEGER: FROM PAINTING TO ARCHITECTURE

Fernand Leger, Les Constructeurs, etat definitive, 1950, oil on canvas, Musee national Fernand Leger, Biot, donation Nadia Leger i Georges Bauquier

FERNAND LEGER
FROM PAINTING TO ARCHITECTURE

9th June – 20th August 2006

Author of the exhibition, research curator:
Sylvie Forestier

Curators:
Agnieszka Morawinska, Jean-Michel Foray

Zacheta National Gallery of Art
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00-916 Warsaw, Poland
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The idea behind the exhibition Fernand Leger. From Painting to Architecture is to present the artists path of development from easel paintings to achievements in the area of scenography, cinema, architecture, monumental painting and fabrics.

We show, in a chronological order, works from the years 1914-1920; we mention through letters and drawings the period of I World War, which Leger spent in the trenches and which had a profound influence on his later work. The twenties, when Leger was fascinated with modernity, have been illustrated by such paintings as Breakfast or The Red Wheel and projects of decorations and costumes of Swedish Ballets (Skating Rink, La Creation du Monde), as well as Legers famous film Le Ballet mecanique the first film without a script, based on contrasting images and rhythm, foreshadowing the surrealists. We present his first achievements in the area of murals art in the years of 1925-1935, when Leger was working with the renowned French architect Robert Mallet-Stevens and the famous Le Corbusier. The years 1940-1955 are illustrated with projects of the great architectural productions, such as the mosaics in the churches of Assy (1946) and Bastogne (1950), or the stained glasses of the Audincourt church (1951).

The exhibition presents works made in different techniques: oil on canvas, gouache, drawing and fabric. Scenography models and archival manuscripts serve as a valuable supplement to the presentation of the plastic works.

Fernand Leger is presented to the Polish public in the frame of the Zacheta Gallery programme aimed at popularising eminent artists of the 20th century. Fernand Leger artistic work also found a strong response in Poland, for example in Lvovs artistic group Artes. Legers associate and, after II World War his wife, was the painter Nadia Khoddasevitch (Wanda Chodasiewicz-Grabowska), associated with Polish artistic circles.

The exhibition is accompanied by a rich educational programme, including a conference, discussions, lectures and workshops for adolescents, children and whole families. A 150 pages long Polish/French catalogue with colour illustrations will serve as a valuable documentation of the exhibition. It includes interesting texts e.g. about above mentioned influence of Legers art in Poland by Andrzej Turowski and Jola Gola.

Other contributors to the catalogue: Sylvie Forester, Agnieszka Morawinska, Jean-Michel Foray, Therese Blondet-Bisch, Marcin Gizycki, Brigitte Hedel-Samson, Nelly Maillard, Christophe Cousin.

The exhibition was organised under the honorary patronage of Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, Minister of Culture and Communications of the French Republic and Kazimierz Michal Ujazdowski, Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.

The exhibition was organised in cooperation with Musee National Fernand Leger de Biot, Bibliotheque Nationale de France and Centre Pompidou, with financial assistance from the French Embassy and Institut Francais de Varsovie. Co-financed by Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.
Author of the exhibition, research curator: Sylvie Forestier
Curators: Agnieszka Morawinska, Jean-Michel Foray Coordinator: Zofia Machnicka

Main sponsor of the exhibition: SOCIETE GENERALE Corporate & Investment Banking

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