This is an extraordinary display, clear as crystal, as simple as a wire, uplifting as a demonstration of the magician. The Centre Pompidou pays tribute to fire Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015), a leading figure of the abstraction including the use of minimalist shapes and colours has created a universe of poetry, disarming. The commissioner of this perfect record, Jean-Pierre Criqui, brought together for the first time the six works named Windows. Mythical icons in the museum, they were carried out by the young Ellsworth Kelly during his stay in France between 1948 and 1954.

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All of his pictorial vocabulary. This process refined the idea and the form explains how the emotion comes to spouting this false geometry, these alliances of colours almost too simple, those contrasts that have the natural life. A broken window at the hotel de Bourgogne becomes a drawing of a spider (1949). Shadows of Belle-Île-en-Mer are sublimated and photographed by painter (1977). Great lesson of things which, by a successive photographs, and drawings, canvases and half-reliefs shows how an artist sees the real and the translated, “a simple and objective assessment”, to make it visible to all. Paul Klee was right.

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at the same time, the publishing house synonymous with modern art, Cahiers d’art, exhibits in its galleries 14 and 15 rue du Dragon (Life), collage, extraordinary, and almost all of them unpublished in France. Almost nothing, cut papers, colours that reflect a sensation, the silver and the blue of the sea and ships, and the random choice, it is a total beauty.

Ellsworth Kelly “Pop”, Centre Pompidou Pl. G.-Pompidou (IVe).
Tel.: 01 44 78 12 33.
Hours: on All days except Tuesday, from 11 h to 21 h until , may 27.
Catalog: Ellsworth Kelly: the Windows, under the direction of J.-P. Criqui, coéd. Centre Pompidou / Cahiers d’art, 38 €

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