Curators :
Gilbert Perlein,
Michèle Brun,
Rebecca François

Musée d’Art moderne et d’Art contemporain
Promenade des Arts
06364 Nice cedex 4
T +33(0)4 97 13 42 01
mamac@ville-nice.fr
www.mamac-nice.org

June 25th – November 27th 2011

Open tuesday to sunday,
From 10am to 6pm.
Free entrance.

Ellsworth Kelly, Red, Yellow, blue I, 1963,
Fondation Marguerite et Aimé Maeght, Saint-Paul, France © Ellsworth Kelly
Photo Claude Germain- Courtesy Archives Fondation Maeght, Saint Paul

Ellsworth Kelly, Red, Yellow, blue I, 1963, Fondation Marguerite et Aimé Maeght, Saint-Paul, France © Ellsworth Kelly Photo Claude Germain- Courtesy Archives Fondation Maeght, Saint Paul

Roland Flexner, Untitled, 1992,
Diptyque, Courtesy galerie Nathalie Obadia Paris/Bruxelles
© Roland Flexner 2011

Roland Flexner, Untitled, 1992, Diptyque, Courtesy galerie Nathalie Obadia Paris/Bruxelles © Roland Flexner 2011

Vue de l'exposition

Vue de l'exposition

Musée d’Art moderne et d’Art contemporain de Nice
La Couleur en avant
-Colour, first and foremost!-

The Nice Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art considers the artist’s fundamental questioning of colour, when it is an essential element in his/her work. The exhibition entitled “Colour, first and foremost!” focuses on colour as a necessary element or condition of the artistic mode of expression. Living on the Côte d’Azur is not trivial; the colourful palette of the natural landscape has an obvious influence on the work of many artists. This exhibition focuses on the works of various artists, from different generations, for whom colour is an important element of their oeuvre at one point or another in their career. The choice of works was guided by various questions such as that colour is the first step in conveying the sensibility, climate and emotion of the work; that colour is life; that it is a vector of spirituality, asserting itself as a creative act and as a manifesto. It asserts its independence from lines and shapes. It generates the erosion of identity leading to abstraction.

Colour has been used to affirm and highlight forms and figures by the proponents of modernity (Raoul Dufy, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Fernand Léger, Max Ernst, Nicolas de Staël, Hans Hartung, Alexander Calder…); colour goes so far in freeing itself as to become monochromatic (Ellsworth Kelly, Yves Klein, Alberto Burri, Roland Flexner, Bernar Venet, Mimmo Rotella, Gottfried Honneger, Vivien Isnard, Louis Cane, Denis Castellas, Albert Chubac, Rotraut Klein-Moquay,…), it eludes the painter’s tools (Niki de Saint Phalle, César, Arman, Martial Raysse, Raymond Hains, Georges Rousse…). Successive generations have continued exploring the use of colour in art in new and innovative ways: (Robert Malaval, Patrick Saytour, Claude Viallat, André Valensi, Bernard Pagès, Noël Dolla, Daniel Dezeuze, Max Charvolen, Jean–Charles Blais, Serge III, Robert Filliou, Erik Dietman, Pierre Pinoncelli, Jacqueline Gainon). Some more recent artists turn to innovative technology to resolve colour problems, others continue to use the more traditional medium (Adrian Schiess, Pascal Pinaud, Cédric Teisseire, Marc Chevalier, Emmanuel Régent, Eve Pietruschi, Cynthia Lemesle & Jean-Philippe Roubaud, Eric Michel, Arnaud Maguet, Jean-Baptiste Ganne, Ludovic Lignon, Julien Bouillon, Xavier Theunis,…).


Michèle Brun
Attachée de conservation du patrimoine au Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain, Nice