exhibition
Feb 04, 2023 Jan 27, 2025
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Repetition

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dates

Feb 04, 2023 Jan 27, 2025

place

Galerie 1

Curator

Éric de Chassey

In 1936, Marie Laurencin painted the picture La Répétition (The Rehearsal). At first sight, nothing sets it apart from a conventional genre painting. A group of young women have gathered to create an artistic performance. One is holding a songbook, another a guitar for the music, another is making a dance step, while the two others look on.
The picture has probably suffered from the painter’s reputation for frivolity. But it is no less than a reworking of Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d'Avignon: the same curtains held open by one of the models, the same number of female figures in a triangular composition, the same chromatic rhythms and a dog replacing a still life in the foreground. Except that everything here is painted in bright colours, with both an attractive and a dark effect. Far from underlining heterogeneity, all the painting is marked by a principle of duplication. In French ‘répétition’ means both ‘rehearsal’ and ‘repetition’, and the painter’s repetitive approach is embodied in the fact that all the faces are identical. This is not a sign of the artist’s idiosyncrasy, but a deliberate ploy: a duplication of the duplication.

It is all the more necessary to show how creation can also proceed by repetition, insistence, multiplication, counting, accumulation, rather than in isolated works or gestures. This is what this exhibition will focus on, through a subjective selection from the collections of the Centre Pompidou, Musée national d'art moderne.

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