Par le feu, la couleur.
December 2020 - March 2021
For the first time, the museum is dedicating an exhibition to contemporary ceramics, presenting an evocative panorama spanning the second half of the 20th century to the present day.
Great works by Jean and Jacqueline Lerat will be displayed alongside ceramics by Joulia, Pontoreau, Virot, Dejonghe and Champy. These pioneering artists have mastered the constraints of fire and invented unexpected forms and effects at the surface of their creations, inscribing new volumes in space. In the exhibition, older pieces will be highlighted in confrontation with recent creations, overflowing with creativity and colours.
On this occasion, ceramics that have recently been donated to the museum will be revealed to the visitors.
de Louis Bouquet
A pupil of Auguste Morisot at the École des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, then of Maurice Denis and Marcel-Lenoir, painter, engraver and illustrator Louis Bouquet established himself in the inter-war period as one of the most brilliant French decorators, working with renowned architects such as Michel Roux-Spitz, Paul Tournon and Albert Laprade. His monumental art is illustrated on the most prestigious buildings and sites of the 1930s: the Salon de l'Afrique at the Musée des Colonies (1931) and the Church of the Holy Spirit in Paris (1933), the new town hall in Puteaux (1934), as well as the Grande Poste in Lyon (1937).
If the great decors of the painter established his celebrity and remain the most visible part of his oeuvre, his paintings and engraved work remain fairly unknown. After the donation of Tristan and Isolde (1921) and the deposit of Orpheus charming the animals (1920), granted by the artist's heirs in 2014, the exhibition addresses the resurgence of myths in the artist's work during the first decades of the 20th century.
This exhibition is organised in collaboration with the Print and Graphic arts Museum of Lyon.
Hippolyte, Paul and Auguste Flandrin
March 27 – June 27, 2021
An exhibition is dedicated to Hippolyte (1809-1864), Paul (1811-1902) and Auguste (1804-1842) Flandrin, three brothers who stand out amongst the most important painters born in Lyon in the 19th century.
Undoubtedly the most famous one, Hippolyte holds a crucial role in the art world of his age, as he enjoyed a great reputation amid his contemporaries. After an initial formation at the École des Beaux-Arts in Lyon, Hippolyte attends Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres’s atelier from 1829 and becomes his favourite pupil. He devotes himself to the genre of portrait, either painted or drawn, following Ingres’ example, and is the author of an important production in this field. His younger brother Paul lives in a symbiotic bond with his elder brother, and both their careers deeply interweave until Hippolyte’s death. Very soon, the landscape emerges as Paul’s favourite area of specialization. He is also the author of portraits drawn with a refined and perceptive touch. The eldest brother, Auguste, remains lesser known, due to his early death at the age of 38 and because of a limited production.
The exhibition aims at presenting a new point of view on the three Flandrin’s works. The museum retains the main collection of their work: it houses about 200 paintings, drawings, engravings, photographs and archive documents, a large amount of which has never been shown nor even published. The collection represents the starting point and the backbone of the exhibition, completed with numerous loans. The exhibition will be organized around seven themed sections combining collectively Hippolyte’s, Paul’s and Auguste’s works: self-portraits and mutual portraits, artistic formation, academies, history painting, landscape painting, portrait, religious decoration. The focus of the exhibition will be centred on some key-questions, in order to understand their working methods and to highlight the mutual influences and creative process of the artists. In the exhibition, the underlying feature will be the constant collaboration amongst the three brothers throughout their works.
The last section, devoted to the religious monumental paintings, will benefit from the research and the technical investigations undertaken in parallel with the restoration of the church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. A digitalisation of the decors will enable visitors to fully experience the chromatic variety and intensity of Hippolyte Flandrin’s work, thanks to an immersive experience.
With the support of FRAME (FRench American Museum Exchange).
Elena Marchetti, Conservatore, Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia & Stéphane Paccoud, Chief Curator, Nineteenth-Century Paintings and Sculptures, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon