PARIS ET NULLE PART AILLEURS. 24 ARTISTES ÉTRANGERS À PARIS. 1945-1972
DATE: 27 SEPTEMBER 2022 - 22 JANUARY 2023
VENUE: MUSÉE DE L'HISTOIRE DE L'IMMIGRATION, PALAIS DE LA PORTE DORÉE, PARIS
In the first half of the 20th century, Paris was the world capital of the arts, the home of the avant-garde to which artists and intellectuals from all over the world flocked. After the Second World War, despite the increasing attractiveness of New York, it was still in Paris, and for many, nowhere else, that one had to go to train, create, exhibit, confront one's work with that of others, and write the history of art.
In 1955, Cruz-Diez went to Europe for the first time: to Barcelona and then to Paris. There he met Soto again, with whom he had been friends since their studies. Back in Caracas, Cruz-Diez creates his first Physichromie and Couleur additive. Faced with the little interest in these works, Cruz-Diez decides to settle in Paris with his family. It is thus an accomplished artist who arrives in France in 1960, seeking to gain international visibility.
The Labyrinthe de Transchromie B (1969/2017) featured in the exhibition is a direct continuation of the first environments conceived by Carlos Cruz-Diez in 1965, in particular the Projet pour un Environnement de Couleur Soustractif that he developed in 1969. The work draws from its title: Transchromies (literally "through the color") a path that transforms and transfigures the surrounding reality. The different translucent and colored panels allow the spectator to discover geometric compositions and chromatic ranges that are constantly renewed according to the ambient light and the movements inside the work.
Cruz-Diez's work seeks to disrupt traditional painting by making the phenomenon of visual perception the center of his investigations.
Jean-Paul Ameline – Curator and Art historian