Man in the new age. The French artist's oeuvre is presented in Denmark for the first time. With more than ninety works Arken spotlights Leger's visions of man in the new age. Like Picasso, Leger became one of the premier modernists in the first half of the twentieth century. The exhibition presents how Leger provided a many-sided portrait of man in the new age.
MAN IN THE NEW AGE
FERNAND LÃ‰GER - TIMELY ART
In the autumn of 2000 the prices of Fernand LÃ©gerâ€™s art soared. In the spring of 2005 the French artistâ€™s Å“uvre is presented in Denmark for the first time. With more than ninety works ARKEN spotlights LÃ©gerâ€™s visions of man in the new age.
Intent on a radical break from his style of painting, in 1908 the French artist Fernand LÃ©ger (1881-1955) destroys the bulk of his works. He finds them too harmonious and too far from his vision of the modern; he wants the dynamic, chaotic, contrastive city culture to pervade his work. Like Picasso, LÃ©ger became one of the premier modernists in the first half of the twentieth century. In the spring of 2005 ARKEN presents how LÃ©ger provided a many-sided portrait of man in the new age.
MAN AND MACHINE
Broadway, 1942. Captivated by the cityâ€™s neon ads of yellow, red and blue, LÃ©ger transfers them onto the canvas as coloured fragments. The noise of the new machines finds its way into his work as pulsating lines and angular shapes. LÃ©ger portrays man in the new conditions of the metropolis. His pictures of swimmers, acrobats, construction workers, cyclists in nature and families on picnics all illustrate LÃ©gerâ€™s attraction to strength, movement and physical expression. With a glowing faith in a better future and a fascination with both man and machine, he is an artist of his time.
Cattle farmer Henri-Armand LÃ©ger hardly suspected that one day his son Fernand would be one of the best selling artists in the world. After two retrospective exhibitions at MusÃ©e National dâ€™Art Moderne in Paris (1997) and MoMA in New York (1998) respectively, the prices of LÃ©gerâ€™s work exploded. The pop star Madonna is said to own several works by the French painter. In 2002 LÃ©ger ranked an impressive sixth on the list of best selling artists in the world.
LÃ©gerâ€™s impact included Denmark as well. In the 1920s Danish artists such as Asger Jorn and Franciska Clausen went to Paris to enrol at lâ€™AcadÃ©mie Moderne with the French master.
ARKEN is showing over ninety of Fernand LÃ©gerâ€™s works from the period 1905 to 1954, the first presentation in Denmark of such a wide selection of the artistâ€™s works. A unique opportunity to familiarise yourself with all of LÃ©gerâ€™s production, the exhibition includes paintings, drawings, water colours and large-scale tapestries. In addition ARKEN shows examples of LÃ©gerâ€™s films, book illustrations as well as theatre and ballet sets. Furthermore LÃ©gerâ€™s thoughts on art theory will be available in the form of excerpts from his essays on the function of art in society.
The Fernand LÃ©ger exhibition is mounted in collaboration with MusÃ©e National Fernand LÃ©ger in Biot (F). ARKEN has supplemented the loans from Centre Georges Pompidou, Tate Modern and others.
For further information, please contact:
Communications manager Christina Bilde (tel +45 43 57 34 10)
Communications manager Karen O. SÃ¸ndergaard (tel +45 43 57 34 08)
ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst