Le French May 2018 : "School of Nice - From Pop Art to Happenings" Art Exhibition

Le French May 2018’s highlight exhibition, School of Nice – From Pop Art to Happenings, will be open to public from 5 to 27 May 2018 at Hong Kong City Hall.

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This year’s highlight exhibition of Le French May –“ School of Nice – From Pop Art to Happenings”, brings to Hong Kong masterpieces documenting the last major art movements in post-war France and illustrating the city’s remarkable contribution to the history of art in the 1960-70s from the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMAC) in Nice. The exhibition marks the opening of Le French May Arts Festival 2018.

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The exhibition will feature over 100 art pieces from MAMAC including paintings, photographs, sculptures and objects, demonstrating artists in Nice, who were driven to extend their creativity into the artistic new realms of New Realism, Fluxus, happenings and Pop Art. This show revisits these key moments in the history of art and contributes to a new appreciation of post-war art in France.

The artists featured in the exhibition such as Yves Klein, Arman and César were instantly identified as pioneers, quickly becoming highly influential, and they were granted solo shows in major galleries in New York and Los Angeles. The MAMAC collection is unique in France, only second to the Centre Pompidou in Paris, which actually opened in 1977 with an exhibition featuring these key artists.

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The School(s) of Nice created its own version of Pop Art – even more radical and daring than in America. Artists in Nice are acclaimed as trailblazers in the international Pop Art movement. Martial Raysse and Arman preceded Andy Warhol and James Rosenquist in their use of consumer goods such as musical instruments or boxes of washing powder and in their fascination with the entertainment industry, including mass tourism. The sculptures of César and the wooden panels of Gilli are among the most iconic images of French Pop Art.

Date: 5 to 27 May 2018
Venue: Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
Opening Hours: 9am to 11pm
Free Admission

There is also a series of Jockey Club Community Outreach and Arts Education Programmes for the public to participate:

Public Guided Tour
Date & Time: 11am-12nn on every Saturday & Sunday
Venue: Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
Language: English
Free admission, click here to register

Lecture - “Art is Life”
Date & Time: 27 Apr 2018 (Fri), 5pm-6:30pm
Venue: Room WLB 103, Lam Woo International Conference Centre, Shaw Campus, Hong Kong Baptist University, 34 Renfrew Road, Kowloon Tong
Language: English
Free admission, click here to register

Lecture - “From France to Asia – New Strategies in Museums & Exhibitions”
Date & Time: 30 Apr 2018 (Mon), 5pm-7pm
Venue: Recital Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
Language: English
Free admission, click here to register

Lecture - “School of Nice?!”
Date & Time: 1 May 2018 (Tue), 5pm-7pm
Venue: Recital Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
Speaker: Hélène Guenin
Language: English
Free admission, click here to register

Workshop - “Children Pigment Pur Workshop”
Date & Time: 29 Apr 10am-11am // 29 Apr 11am-12nn // 1 May 3pm-4pm
Venue: Committee Room North, Hong Kong City Hall
Free admission, click here to register

Workshop - “Children Workshops with Benoit Barbagli”
Date & Time: 28 Apr 10am-11am // 28 Apr 11:30am-12:30nn
Venue: No.10, Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road, Ma Tau Kok
Free admission, click here to register

publié le 27/04/2018

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