Amedeo Modigliani, Portrait de Dédie, 1918, Paris, Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art
moderne – Centre de création industrielle, donation de M. et Mme André Lefèvre en 1952

Chagall, Modigliani, Soutine… Paris as a School, 1905-1940

From June 17 until October 31, 2021

The School of Paris designates the artistic scene constituted by foreign artists from all over Europe and also the Americas, Asia and Africa. This cosmopolitism was unprecedented in art history.

Many of these men and women were Jewish artists who came from the major European cities and the Russian Empire in search of artistic, social and religious emancipation. They were not a “school” in the traditional sense since they had no common style but instead shared a history, an ideal and, for some, the same destiny.

Fleeing the pogroms or seeking a free, modern context, these young artists who converged on Paris included Marc Chagall, Chaim Soutine, Amedeo Modigliani, Jules Pascin, Jacques Lipchitz, Chana Orloff, Moïse Kisling, Louis Marcoussis and Ossip Zadkine, and also lesser known artists such as Walter Bondy, Henri Epstein, Adolphe Feder, Alice Halicka, Henri Hayden, Georges Kars, Léon Indenbaum, Simon Mondzain, Mela Muter and many others.

The musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme is devoting an exhibition to this generation of artists who arrived in Paris between 1904 and 1914 and their destinies. It will explore the reasons for their installation there, the particular ties uniting them, the historical and political context of their work and, of course, their participation in the artistic scene in what was then the capital of modern art.

Support the next mahJ event exhibition in Paris !

Last January, the director and the contemporary art curator of the mahJ had the honour of being invited to present the exhibition project "Chagall, Modigliani, Soutine...Paris pour école. 1905-1940" at the Neue Galerie.

Due to the health crisis linked to the Coronavirus and the closure of the museum, the presentation of this exhibition has been postponed to the spring of 2021.

The postponement of this exhibition will entail additional costs of $100,000.

We have decided to appeal to the support of lovers of Paris, of the history of these foreign Jewish artists who lived and worked in Paris between 1905 and 1940, and who played a major role in the artistic effervescence of the French capital after having often fled conditions detrimental to their creativity in their country of origin.

Help us finance this amount and take part in a major Parisian spring event. Donors over $5,000 will receive an exhibition catalogue and over $10,000, their name will be listed in the acknowledgements at the end of the exhibition and a privileged visit to the exhibition will be organized for them.

We deeply thank you for your support !

Support of Fondation Pro mahJ (FR) - the Jewish museum in Paris by giving through the online giving center of the King Baudouin Foundation, United-States, which allows secure, tax deductible credit card donations.

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