Haïti Takes Up Residence At The Grand Palais
HAÏTI: Two Centuries Of Artistic Creation, is a must-see exhibition we really recommend you to visit. Art expert or just curious you will be stunned by the curators work who gathered these hundred art works, for most of them unknown!
Curated by La Reunion des Musées Nationaux and Le Grand Palais, the exhibition has two purposes :
– To focus on the unknown creation, and break stereotypes.
No, Haitian art is not limited to the voodoo or naïve art. The exhibition takes a look back from the independence days, until present day and the contemporary period.
Large colorful paintings, monumental sculptures made of recycled materials, but also videos and installations are part of the exhibition: a total of +150 works are gathered, from Haitian-based artists of from the diaspora.
Focusing on Haitian art from the 19th century to the present day, the exhibition takes an approach that is at once historical, social and cultural. Against a background of urban chaos and vigorous popular culture, this exploration of the visual arts aims to go beyond the archetypes of naïve and primitive painting and transcend the restrictive magico-religious and exotic vision associated with Haitian art.
With nearly 150 works, Hyppolite’s Kiss or the Art of Haiti presents art free of any rigid framework, readily mingling poetry, magic, religion and political commitment thorough a great variety of forms, blurring the boundary between art and the street, between a world of forms and everyday life.
Curators: Régine Cuzin, freelance curator, founder of the association OCEA, Paris and Mireille Pérodin Jérôme, director of the Ateliers Jérôme, Port-au-Prince
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