A newly opened exhibition at Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris (The Museum of Modern Art, Paris) is dedicated to the work of Dutch artist Karel Appel (1921-2006). Titled Karel Appel: Art as Celebration! (Karel Appel: L’art est un fête), this comprehensive retrospective will be presented at the musuem from February 24, 2017 to August 20, 2017. The exhibition comes thanks to a donation of twenty-one paintings and sculptures by the Karel Appel Foundation and further features a wide array of Appel’s works that bear witness to nearly sixty years of incessant creativity and artistic development.
Karel Appel and CoBrA
Karel Appel is considered as among the most significant Dutch artists of the second half of the 20th century. This is largely due to him being the co-founder of avant-garde group CoBrA in Paris in 1948. The group rejected the formalistic restraints on creativity and focused on the natural talent and creativity inherent in every person, drawing inspiration from art of children and mentally ill, folk art and Art Brut. Although the movement was short-lived (the group dissolved in 1951, a little more than two years after its formation), the group’s underlying principles influenced much of Karel Appel’s early work.
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