20th Century Masters: the human figure at the Standard Bank Gallery from 13 July to 15 September 2012
The Standard Bank Gallery, currently exhibiting 20th Century Masters: the human figure, will extend its weekend opening hours until 16:00 on Saturdays, due to public demand.
“We have been overwhelmed by the public’s positive response to the exhibition so far, and would like as many people as possible to have a chance to see this remarkable collection of work” says Mandie van der Spuy, Head of Arts Sponsorships at Standard Bank.
20th Century Masters: the human figure comprises a selection of approximately 50works from the collections of France’s leading provincial cultural institutions.Curated by Sylvie Ramond, director of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, the exhibition includes works by some of France’s most acclaimed modernists, as well as more contemporary French artists and a few other giants of the international art world who have connections with France.
The exhibition offers a fascinating survey of various ways in which mainly French artists have depicted the human body over the last 100 years through painting, printmaking, film and photography. Some of these artists, such as Fernand Leger, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Félix Vallotton, Victor Brauner and Wilfredo Lam, are renowned pioneers of early modernism. They are acclaimed for their contribution towards freeing the artist from the traditional responsibility to depict the human body naturalistically by adopting a subjective approach to reality and a new focus on innovation and personalised expression.
The exhibition also showcases works by 19th-century greats such as Gustav Courbet, Jean-Francois Millet and Edouard Manet, and artists associated with Impressionism including Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas and August Renoir.
Free Public Walkabouts will be conducted by art historian Marion Dixon, every Friday between 13:00 and 14:00, for the duration of the exhibition.
This exhibition is organised as part of the France – South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013.
Standard Bank Gallery
Corner Simmonds and Frederick Street, Johannesburg
Tel: 011 631 4467
Gallery hours: Mon-Fri, 08:00-16:30; Saturday, 09:00-16:00
The gallery is closed on Sundays and public holidays.
More Info: http://www.standardbankarts.com
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At the Opening of French Masters Exhibition at the Standard Bank Gallery Photographer: Suzy Bernstein