Raoul Dufy: Colorful Symphony

Lieu Seoul and Jeju, South Korea
Année 2023 - 2024

Manifesto Expo is coordinating the exhibition Raoul Dufy: Colorful Symphony at the Hangaram Museum.

Hangaram Museum - Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, from May 2 to September 10, 2023.

Jeju Museum of Art - Jeju, from December 12, 2023 to April 7, 2024.

The exhibition brings together more than 100 works by Raoul Dufy from the Edmond Henrard collection, one of the most prestigious collectors of Raoul Dufy’s artworks. Fascinated by the work of Raoul Dufy for more than forty years, Edmond Henrard has built up a collection that is representative of all aspects of Dufy’s practice. With regular acquisitions, the Henrard collection has been exhibited in museums in France, the United States and Japan.

The André Malraux Museum of Modern Art in Le Havre and the Jules Chéret Museum of Fine Arts in Nice are also lenders to the exhibition. The curator of the exhibition, Eric Blanchegorge, Director of the Museums of Troyes, uses Raoul Dufy's passion for music as one of the exhibition's main themes. The exhibition also explores the importance of Dufy's collaborations with contemporary fashion designers, including Paul Poiret. The exhibition includes not only a selection of paintings, drawings and lithographs, but also watercolours, patterns, fabrics and original costumes. Raoul Dufy: Colorful Symphony provides audiences a glimpse of the lesser-known passions of Raoul Dufy, a multidisciplinary artist who mixed design, painting and music throughout his work.

Structured in several chapters, the exhibition presents the composite career of the artist through paintings, drawings and watercolors inspired by his favorite themes: landscapes, horse racing, sailing and Parisian life. The exhibition also includes a large selection of textile pieces (clothing and accessories) made by Dufy for - among others - the French designer Paul Poiret, who revolutionized the haute couture scene at that time, and the historic Lyon silk manufacture Bianchini-Férier.

A chapter is also dedicated to the "Grands Décors" presenting a set of ten original lithographs engraved by Charles Sorlier, taken from the fresco La Fée Electricité, completed by the artist for the Pavilion of Electricity and Light as part of the 1937 International Exhibition in Paris, now displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris.

On this project Manifesto Expo is working closely with the Korean producer Gaudium on the development and delivery of the exhibition in Korea.

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