December 19, 2013 - Ashkal Alwan - Home Workspace Program presents Salon de Fleurus
December 19, 2013

Home Workspace Program presents Salon de Fleurus

Courtesy of Salon de Fleurus.

Collection of the Salon de Fleurus
New York

January 8–February 14, 2014

Opening: Wednesday, January 8, 6pm

Home Workspace Program, Ashkal Alwan
Building 110, 1st Floor
Jisr al Wati, Street 90
Beirut 2066 8421

T +961 1 423879

Home Workspace Program (HWP) and Salon de Fleurus are pleased to present Portraits and Prayers (Collection of the Salon de Fleurus, New York) at Ashkal Alwan in Beirut. 

The exhibition is presented as part of Chapter 2 of this year’s HWP 2013–14, organized and led by Jalal Toufic and Anton Vidokle and open to all who wish to take part. For further information on the year’s schedule, please click here.

Salon de Fleurus is an educational institution dedicated to assembling, preserving, and exhibiting memories on early modern art. Its permanent exhibit, titled From The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, located at 41 Spring Street, New York, has been open to the public since 1992.

A selection from the Salon’s permanent collection was part of the Fiction Reconstructed that was shown in Ljubljana, Belgrade and Budapest from 2000 to 2002. In 2002, Salon de Fleurus was included in the Whitney Biennial, Sydney Biennial, and exhibition Am Anfang der Bevegung stand ein Skandal in the Lenbachhaus Munich.

Selections from the Salon’s permanent collection were also shown at the exhibitions What is Modern Art? (Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 2006),The Making of Americans (James Gallery, CUNY Graduate Center, New York) and Les Fleurs Americaines (Le Plateau, Paris, 2012). The same year, an event titled A Salon de Fleurus Salon was organized at MoMA (New York).

In 2011, the Metabolic Studio (Los Angeles) opened another version of the Salon de Fleurus, with a collection titled Portraits and Prayers that more closely resembles the early twentieth century Paris Salon. It is this collection that will be replicated at Ashkal Alwan in Beirut beginning of January 2014.

The exhibition will include the following public presentations: 

The Making of Americans: presentation with Gertrude Stein (part 1/3)
The Stein collection was the earliest collection of modern art that exhibited works of Cezanne, Matisse, and Picasso together (1905). It influenced American collections of modern European art of the first half of the 20th century, the Arensberg Collection, Societe Anonyme, the Barnes Collection, the Cone Sisters Collection, etc. It is through these collections that modern art in America was being perceived and interpreted in a more avant-garde manner than in Europe itself.

Abstract Cabinet and the Modern Narrative: presentation with Alfred Barr (part 2/3)
In 1929 the Museum of Modern Art opened in New York. In the beginning its collection was comprised of almost entirely European and avant-garde oriented works. Instead of “National Schools,” its 1936 exhibition Cubism and Abstract Art introduced  “International Movements” as a key notion for telling the story known as the History of Modern Art. This story represented the re-interpretation of modern art and was later adopted by Europeans and became the foundation of the art scene as we know it today.

American Tutti-Frutti: presentation with Porter McCray (part 3/3)
During the 1950s, the Museum of Modern Art in New York organized a series of exhibitions of modern American art that traveled through many European cities. Those were the exhibitions that helped establish in Europe the postwar common cultural identity based on internationalism, modernism, and individualism. One such exhibition, Modern Art in the USA, was brought in 1956 to Belgrade, then the capital of Yugoslavia. This was the first time that works by Gorky, de Kooning, Pollock, Kline, Motherwell, Rothko, etc. were exhibited in a socialist country. This also happened to be the last exhibition where Pollock appeared as a living artist.

HWP 2013–14: Chapter 2 Calendar
January 7–February 14, 2014

Tuesday, January 7, 8pm
Public: “Creating and Dispersing Universes that Include Fiction/Artworks”
Keynote lecture 2 by Jalal Toufic

Wednesday, January 8, 8pm
Public: opening of Portraits and Prayers by Salon de Fleurus

Thursday, January 9, 8pm 
Public: The Making of Americans
Presentation with Gertrude Stein (part 1/3) 

Friday, January 10, 5pm 
By registration: Anachronistic Utopias
Workshop with Katya Sander’s class—Danish Royal Art Academy, guest professor Pelin Tan 

Friday, January 10, 8pm 
Public: Abstract Cabinet and the Modern Narrative
Presentation with Alfred Barr (part 2/3) 

Monday, January 13, 8pm
Public: American Tutti-Frutti
Presentation with Porter McCray (part 3/3) 

Every Tuesday, January 14–February 11, 6:30–9pm
By registration: Creating and Dispersing Universes that Include Fiction/Artworks
Seminar by Jalal Toufic, in 5 sessions

Thursday, January 16, 8pm
Public: Two Suns, 2012
Screening with Anton Vidokle

Friday, January 17, 8pm
Public: presentation with Rasha El Salti & Joseph Tarrab

Friday, January 24, 8pm
Public: presentation with Kristine Khouri

Friday, January 31, 8pm
Public: presentation with Octavian Esanu

Date TBC

By registration: History as Commodity
Workshop with Brian Kuan Wood

For further information, please contact hwp [​at​] or call T +961 1 423879.

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