Leiris & Co. Pi­casso, Mas­son, Miró, Gi­a­cometti, Lam, Ba­con…

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ART ROUNDUP -

Cen­tre Pom­pi­dou-Metz, Metz Show­ing un­til 14 Septem­ber 2015

At the cross­roads of art, literature and ethnog­ra­phy, this ex­hi­bi­tion ded­i­cated to Michel Leiris (1901-1990) is the first of its kind. As a prom­i­nent 20th cen­tury in­tel­lec­tual, though rel­a­tively un­known, Leiris was both a poet and an au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal writer, as well as a pro­fes­sional ethno­g­ra­pher and very close friend of many great artists and writ­ers of his times.

En­com­pass­ing nearly 350 works, in­clud­ing many mas­ter­pieces by his clos­est artist friends (Miró, Mas­son, Gi­a­cometti, Pi­casso, Ba­con…), African and Caribbean arte­facts and works of art, a wide ar­ray of manuscript­s, books, films and mu­sic, this ex­hi­bi­tion aims at shed­ding light upon Michel Leiris’ multi-faceted char­ac­ter, his pas­sions and com­mit­ments.

It equally sets out to high­light the in­no­va­tive as­pect of his oeu­vre and the per­ti­nence of his ideas, which, at a time of glob­al­i­sa­tion and post-colo­nial stud­ies, have made him an es­sen­tial con­tem­po­rary ref­er­ence.

Fran­cis Ba­con, Por­trait of Michel Leiris, 1976

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