Vassily Kandinsky, Accord réciproque (1942)

Histoire(s) d’une Collection

This new circuit revisits the history of the Musée National d’Art Moderne’s collections as we celebrate the bicentenary of the Musée des Artistes Vivants, of which it is one of the heirs. This “retrospective” of the museum’s collections is laid out in some fifteen sections scattered through the modern circuit.

Over 120 works, accompanied by an all-new documentary system, explore the identity of the Musée National d’Art Moderne and its predecessors from the 1920s to the opening of the Centre Pompidou.

Robert Delaunay, La verseuse (1916)

Robert Delaunay, La verseuse (1916)

Once a year

Once a year a new sequence of dossier exhibitions comes to punctuate the visitor’s path through the Centre Pompidou’s collections, offering a new angle on the history of 20th-century art. From cross-passage displays to vitrines to dedicated rooms, these resources for study and research cast light on neglected aspects of the story. Following a sequence devoted to “The Listening Eye” that explored links between the visual arts and music from 1905 to the mid-1960s, this new instalment looks at the history of the collections of the Musée National d’Art Moderne (MNAM), and this on the bicentennial of the foundation of its forerunner, the Musée des Artistes Vivants.

André Derain, Nature morte aux oranges (1931)

André Derain, Nature morte aux oranges (1931)

Throughout the sequence, the various sections testify to a debate on the very nature of a “museum of modern art”. Particular attention is given to museum architecture. In fact, given the chronic lack of space, a number of projects succeeded each other through the years, from the idea of transferring the collection to the Séminaire Saint-Sulpice to Le Corbusier’s many projects for a perpetually expandable museum, which he worked on from 1930 to 1964. None of these would come to fruition. Designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, the Centre Pompidou opened its doors on 31 January 1977, marking the start of a new era for the collections of the Musée National d’Art Moderne.

Histoire(s) d’une Collection

25 May 2018 – 15 Apr 2019 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Musée – Niveau 5 – Centre Pompidou, Paris

Vincent Moleveld