The First Parisian Retrospective of Abstract Artist Simon Hantaï

The First Parisian Retrospective of Abstract Artist Simon Hantaï

At the Centre Pompidou, the most well-known modern art museum in Paris, a master of abstract art will be honored until September 9, 2013. A never-before-seen exhibition dedicated to Simon Hantaï will present more than 120 works from the artist. This represents the first Simon Hantaï retrospective in Paris since his death in 2008.

Guests staying at the Hôtel de la Tour Maubourg should not miss the opportunity to visit the Centre Pompidou and check out this exciting modern artist. Hungarian-born Hantaï is considered by many to be one of the fathers of abstract art, bringing his own special approach to the then-burgeoning art form. In this way, Hantaï is  one of the major figures of 20th-century art, and the Centre Pompidou will be presenting some of his best works in chronological order.

The exhibit will reveal the diverse artistic experiments attempted by Hantaï throughout his career. First beginning as a surrealist in the 1950s, the artist tried his hand at an even more liberated technique in the 1960s. It is during this decade that he invented a whole new art technique called “pliage,” a folding method in which he folds and scrunches up canvas and then places color on it. Once the canvas is unfolded, there are then randomly alternating sections of blank canvas and color.

This innovative method also allowed Hantaï to begin blind painting, a process through which he sought to freely throw color on these folded and scrunched canvases. In this way, he was able to integrate a considerable amount of randomness into his work, which spontaneously manifested itself in various contrasting shapes and colors.

Hantaï’s work with color continued throughout the 1970s and 1980s, with each new series of paintings created according to a specific mode of coloration. Finally, the exhibit concludes with a display of Hantaï’s 1990s performances, in which the artist creates new works by cutting up his old ones. Spanning 40 years, this retrospective illustrates the genius and pioneering spirit of one of the most important abstract artists of modern art.