Jeu de Paume - Musée de l'Orangerie
Raoul Hausmann / Dada Africa
10 February 2018
14h30 to 17h30
Concorde, Paris

Jeu de Paume and the Musée de l’Orangerie are continuing their partnership with a special combined tour of their respective exhibitions, providing a novel way to discover these two emblematic institutions of the Tuileries Gardens and the connections between them.

Twins in the Tuileries
Common origins, different destinies

The triangular terraces created by Le Nôtre form the right-angled bases on which stand the Orangerie and the Jeu de Paume. In 1909, the Jeu de Paume became an exhibition gallery and then, in 1922, it was made an annexe of the Musée du Luxembourg for the exhibition of foreign contemporary art. Also in 1922, the formalisation of Claude Monet’s gift to the French state of his monumental Water Lily paintings saw the beginning of work at the Orangerie to create a permanent structure to display this ensemble.
Today the Musée de l’Orangerie is an outstanding venue for the art of the early 20th century, while the Jeu de Paume has become a major centre for lens-based art of the 20th and 21st centuries. The two institutions continue to dialogue through their programming and in the exchanges between painting and photography that are one of the drivers of developments in modern art.

"Dada Africa" at the Musée de l'Orangerie

With their innovative works using sound poetry, dance, collage and performance, the Dada artists challenged the values of a Western society convulsed by the Great War. But Dada also appropriated non-European cultural and artistic forms from Africa, Oceania and the Americas.
The Musée de l’Orangerie is putting on an exhibition to reveal these cross-fertilisations by placing works from Africa, American Indian peoples and Asia in relation to Dadaist creations by Hanna Höch, Jean Arp, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Marcel Janco, Hugo Ball, Tristan Tzara, Raoul Haussmann, Man Ray, Picabia and others.

Raoul Hausmann. Un regard en mouvement” at the Jeu de Paume

The photographic work of Raoul Hausmann has long been ignored and underestimated. The art books recall the assemblages, collages, photomontages and optophonetic poems by this major member of Dada Berlin group and key figure in 20th-century art, while this other, very significant facet of his work, which was so important to his standing at the time, has been obliterated by the vicissitudes of history.
Hausmann’s prolific activity as a photographer began in 1927. He was fascinated by this new practice, which become the keystone of his profuse overall creativity in the service of ideas and forms that would see him forced to leave Germany for Ibiza in 1936.

Saturday 10 February at 2.30 pm. Start of the tour of the Musée de l’Orangerie.
With commentaries by national museum lecturers and Jeu de Paume staff. Total duration of twin museum tour: 3 hours (including a break and the walk across the Tuileries Garden).

Admission: 18.50 euros / Concessions: 13.50 euros for members of either institution and visitors under 26).
Reservation from the Musée de l'Orangerie: / 01 44 50 43 01

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