Further trips to view papiers découpées are planned for the coming year.
The first destination, in spring, is the Musée National d’Art Moderne – Centre Pompidou in Paris. Awaiting us there are important early works such as the originals for Jazz and two works from the famous Nus bleus (Blue Nudes) series, which were executed at the same period as Nu blu I in the Fondation Beyeler.
For summer, a first trip to the U.S. is planned, where we will focus on the large-format works in the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. We look forward there to a revealing exchange with expert colleagues who face similar challenges regarding the conservation and restoration of the fragile large-format works, some unprotected by glass.
Towards the end of the year, we will return to the U.S., to visit the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. The work La Gerbe in the museum’s collection evinces very great similarities to Acanthes, which makes it extremely interesting for our project. La Gerbe, too, dates to 1953, likely executed nearly concurrently with Acanthes, has approximately the same format, and a background painted white.