Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia opens Leger A vision of the contemporary city

The Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia presents Leger A vision of the contemporary city 1910 – 1930 an exhibition on view 8th February – 2nd June 2014 in Venice.

Fernand Léger (French, 1881-1955) The City, 1919

Fernand Léger (French, 1881-1955) The City, 1919

Divided into five sections (The metropolis before the Great War, The painter of the city, Advertising, The performing arts, Space), ‘Léger. A vision of the contemporary city 1910 – 1930’ is curated by Anna Vallye with the scientific direction of Gabriella Belli and Timothy Rub, director of the PMA in Philadelphia and exhibition project by Daniela Ferretti, in the wake of the success at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, “Léger. A vision of the contemporary city 1910-1930” presents over 100 works, of which more than 60 by Léger himself. The selection includes the outstanding ‘La Ville’, a painting that led the way to the most experimental and Cubist/Futurist experimentation of his production, and which has exceptionally been loaned by the Philadelphia together with a group of another 25 important works.
Painted by Léger in 1919 on his return to Paris after serving at the Front during the First World War, this large picture would influence an entire generation of artists, becoming a manifesto of painting dedicated to the subject of the contemporary city. The painting’s subject is the city and its frantic activity, its architecture of Cubo-Futurist assemblages, and its inhabitants: mechanical, almost robotic men, harmoniously integrated into the dynamism of the new “urban machine”.

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