The Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb



From October 1st 2016 to January 31st 2017
The Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Collection in Motion, 2nd floor
Opening: Saturday, October 1st 2016 at 7 pm

Salon de Fleurusis an artwork, a contemporary reconstruction of Gertrude Stein’s Parisian salon that existed at 27 rue de Fleurus from 1904-34.It is a project that displays and references a story of modern art’s beginnings through one of the first gathering places for burgeoning young artists such as Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Stein herself. It was in Stein's salon that paintings by Cézanne, Matisse and Picasso were seen exhibited together for the first time both by her peers and transatlantic art experts who spread the word back home, eventually creating the American narrative of European modern art familiar today.

Through painted reproductions exhibited within this constructed interior, the Salon de Fleurus questions where, why and how certain narratives of modern art originated through the salon structure that first canonized them. These copies are perhaps more significant and tell us more about history than the original artworks themselves by weaving fiction into history and leaving space to contemplate and reconsider the past. When one looks at Picasso here, they are viewing Picasso through the lens of Stein.

About Salon de Fleurus

Salon de Fleurusis dedicated to assembling, preserving, and exhibiting memories on early modern art. Its permanent exhibit was located at 41 Spring Street, New York, and was open to the public from 1992 – 2013. Since then, it continues to appear in cities across the world.

The exhibition consists of 31 painted reproductions by Cezanne, Matisse and Picasso, and a timeline of Gertrude Stein and her circle. In addition, the exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue in the form of a newspaper with photos and newspaper articles about a twenty year long history of the Salon and newly written essays and interviews.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb will be hosting a Salon from October 1st 2016 to January 31st 2017, within which it will organize a number of supporting programs, lectures, discussions, screenings and events which will serve as a place for debates about various narratives of art history, both modern and contemporary.

The continuous accompanying event is the exhibition named Sfinga velegrada / Sphynx of Metropolis, set in the neighborhood of the Salon, on the 2nd floor of the Collection in Motion, which will present 48 works of Croatian art between the two world wars from the Collection of Museum of Contemporary Art, referring to the parallelism of our "modernism" in the local and international context.

Salon de Fleurus is a traveling exhibition organized by Salon de Fleurus and Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. The exhibition and tour are made possible by The Fine Art Dealer Association (FADA), and with the generous support from ICI’s International Forum and the ICI Board of Trustees.

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