Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

Extending the collections

Giorgio de Chirico legacy, gift from Peter Doig, Donation and gift from Bernard Buffet.

New works have been added to the permanent collections of the Art Moderne Museum of the City of Paris thanks to a number of exceptional gifts: from 19 October, a work by Peter Doig and four works by Bernard Buffet and from 8 November sixty-one works by Giorgio de Chirico.

Giorgio de Chirico: from 10 November 2011 to 10 June 2012

Legacy of sixty-one works from Isabella Pakszwer-de Chirico, 2011
Almost twenty-one years after the death of his wife Isabella in 1990, the Giorgio and Isa de Chirico Foundation has bequeathed sixty-one works to the City of Paris. This legacy was made possible thanks to the Giorgio de Chirico, la fabrique des rêves (Giorgio de Chirico, the Dream Factory) exhibition presented at the Art Moderne Museum in 2009, which showed the consistency of the artist’s work, his talent as a daring inventor and his mistrust of conventions until the end of his life.
This exceptional series of thirty paintings, twenty drawings and eleven sculptures, which testify to a constant metafisica, will be included among the permanent collections (level 2, room 8).

Peter Doig: from 19 October 2011

Gift of one work by the Société des Amis du Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (Society of Friends of the Art Moderne Museum of the City of Paris), 2011
The dinner organised by the Société des Amis du Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris in aid of the permanent collections will allow the Museum to acquire a major painting by the Scottish artist Peter Doig* this year.
To mark this gift, an exhibition of some fifteen recent works, including paintings, drawings and engravings, is on display among the collections. Some small-format works take up frequent themes used by the artist, including landscapes combining seen things and borrowed images. A more recent part of his output are the monotypes evoking a crow. These works on paper, which were created as a series, show us Peter Doig’s composition method: a variation, in the musical sense of the word, on an initial theme (level 2, room 14 bis).

Bernard Buffet: from 19 October 2011

Donation of three works by Virginie, Danielle and Nicolas Buffet, 2010
Gift of one work by Ida and Maurice Garnier, 2011
The collections of the Art Moderne Museum were recently enhanced by a gift of three monumental works by Bernard Buffet from Virginie, Danielle and Nicolas Buffet: Les Plages, le parasol (Beaches, Parasol), created in 1967, Les Folles, femmes au salon (Mad Women in the Salon), one of the artist’s most original works, La Mort 5 (Death 5), one of his last works and the gift of an imposing painting, Les Oiseaux, le rapace (Birds, Bird of Prey) (1959) from Ida and Maurice Garnier*.
These four paintings are in addition to the seventeen Bernard Buffet works from the legacy of Dr. Maurice Girardin, bequeathed to the City of Paris in 1953 and which were part of the original collection of the Art Moderne Museum of the City of Paris. This series is exhibited in a room dedicated to the artist (level 2, room 12).

* Under acquisition

New presentations of the permanent collections

From 19 October 2011

From 19 October, the Art Moderne Museum of the City of Paris will present its permanent collections in a different way. Respecting the chronology of artistic movements and integrating the architectural value of the building, the collection will highlight its two main characteristics:

  • its Parisian roots: for the historic part – from the early 20th century until the 1960s, the new installation was essentially based on artistic movements which were either created or carried out in Paris: Fauvism, the Paris School -Marc Chagall, Chaïm Soutine and Amedeo Modigliani-, Dada with the figures of Francis Picabia and Jean Crotti, the Paris Decorative Arts of the 1930s, the Abstraction of the inter-war years, Surrealism, post-war Realism, New Realism and a room dedicated to Etienne-Martin, a gift from L’Oréal in 2008.
  • and the international nature of the contemporary collection from 1960 to the present day: two rooms present the Abstraction of the 1950s-1970s: Pierre Soulages, Hans Hartung, Jean Degottex, Judit Reigl, Martin Barré and Simon Hantaï, followed by abstract and figurative paintings, particularly German: Gerhard Richter, Georg Baselitz, Sigmar Polke, Albert Oehlen and works by Christopher Wool, Marthe Wéry, and spectacular installations such as Cerith Wyn Evans’ chandelier and Lawrence Weiner’s Statement.