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Helen Frankenthaler, Beach Scene, 1961, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, New York © 2022 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Ways of Freedom
Jackson Pollock to Maria Lassnig

Through January 22, 2023
Albertina Modern, Vienna
www.albertina.at

Ways of Freedom examines the creative interplay between Abstract Expressionism and Art Informel in a transatlantic exchange and dialogue from the mid-1940s to the end of the Cold War. Exploring radically impulsive approaches to form, color, and material, the exhibition includes more than ninety works by nearly fifty artists with loans from museums worldwide. This exhibition has traveled from the Museum Barberini in Potsdam, Germany under the title The Shape of Freedom: International Abstraction after 1945Work by Willem de KooningHelen Frankenthaler, and Simon Hantaï is included.

Helen Frankenthaler, Beach Scene, 1961, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, New York © 2022 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Installation view, Touching the Void, Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 14, 2020–November 1, 2023. Artwork, left to right: © Archives Simon Hantaï/ADAGP, Paris, 2021; © Carlos Rojas; © 2021 Robert Ryman; © 2021 Fundación Gego; © Liliana Porter. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar

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Simon Hantaï in
Touching the Void

Through November 1, 2023
Museum of Modern Art, New York
www.moma.org

As part of New Art from Wall to Wall, the Museum of Modern Art is presenting never-before and rarely shown works in themed, reimagined collection galleries. The gallery Touching the Void explores an important artistic tendency of the 1960s: a shift away from the idea that art should express the artist’s interior life. Works in this vein searched for a poetics of bare form and focused on structural elements such as line, plane, and volume. Whether strict or playful, the work of these artists tested the meditative possibilities of objectivity, challenging viewers to heighten their sensory perception. Work by Simon Hantaï is included.

Installation view, Touching the Void, Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 14, 2020–November 1, 2023. Artwork, left to right: © Archives Simon Hantaï/ADAGP, Paris, 2021; © Carlos Rojas; © 2021 Robert Ryman; © 2021 Fundación Gego; © Liliana Porter. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar

Installation view, The Shape of Freedom: International Abstraction after 1945, Museum Barberini, Potsdam, Germany, June 4–September 25, 2022. Artwork, left to right: © The Estate of Morris Louis/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany 2022; © 2022 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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The Shape of Freedom
International Abstraction after 1945

June 4–September 25, 2022
Museum Barberini, Potsdam, Germany
www.museum-barberini.de

The Shape of Freedom examines the creative interplay between Abstract Expressionism and Art Informel in transatlantic exchange and dialogue, from the mid-1940s to the end of the Cold War. Exploring radically impulsive approaches to form, color, and material, the exhibition includes more than ninety works by nearly fifty artists with loans from museums worldwide. Work by Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, and Simon Hantaï is included.

Installation view, The Shape of Freedom: International Abstraction after 1945, Museum Barberini, Potsdam, Germany, June 4–September 25, 2022. Artwork, left to right: © The Estate of Morris Louis/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany 2022; © 2022 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Installation view, Simon Hantaï: L’exposition du centenaire, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, May 18–August 29, 2022. Artwork © Archives Simon Hantaï/ADAGP, Paris, 2022. Photo: © Fondation Louis Vuitton/Marc Domage

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Simon Hantaï
L’exposition du centenaire

May 18–August 29, 2022
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr

To celebrate the centenary of the artist’s birth, the Fondation Louis Vuitton presents a retrospective exhibition devoted to the work of Simon Hantaï (1922–2008). Curated by Anne Baldassari, the exhibition includes more than 130 works, the majority of which are large-format pieces from 1957 to 2000, and many of which have never before been shown. Installed alongside the works by Hantaï are works by other major artists including Henri Matisse and Jackson Pollock, whose artistic influences were decisive in Hantaï’s development, and Michel Parmentier and Daniel Buren, who were Hantaï’s peers in the 1960s scene at the Cité des Fleurs in Paris.

Installation view, Simon Hantaï: L’exposition du centenaire, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, May 18–August 29, 2022. Artwork © Archives Simon Hantaï/ADAGP, Paris, 2022. Photo: © Fondation Louis Vuitton/Marc Domage

Installation view, Nouvelles perspectives: Collections XXe/XXIe siècles, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, France, May 19, 2021–March 13, 2022. Artwork © Simon Hantaï/ADAGP, Paris

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Nouvelles perspectives
Collections XXe/XXIe siècles

May 19, 2021–March 13, 2022
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, France
www.mba-lyon.fr

This presentation of recent acquisitions to the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon’s twentieth- and twenty-first-century collections explores color, figuration, and abstract landscapes, creating a series of dialogues between artists already present in the collection and those whose work has just entered it. Work by Francis Bacon and Simon Hantaï is included.

Installation view, Nouvelles perspectives: Collections XXe/XXIe siècles, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, France, May 19, 2021–March 13, 2022. Artwork © Simon Hantaï/ADAGP, Paris

Simon Hantaï, Etude I, suite pour Pierre Reverdy, 1969 © Archives Simon Hantaï/ADAGP, Paris, 2020. Photo: Claude Gaspari

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Soleils noirs

March 25, 2020–January 25, 2021
Musée du Louvre-Lens, France
www.louvrelens.fr

This sensory exhibition, whose title translates to Black Suns, offers a fresh perspective on the color black, which has been endowed with a multitude of symbolic meanings in Western art from antiquity to the present day. The exhibition features nearly 180 works, intermingling periods and disciplines, and spanning painting, fashion, the decorative arts, the moving image, and installations. Work by Douglas Gordon, Simon Hantaï, and Damien Hirst is included.

Simon Hantaï, Etude I, suite pour Pierre Reverdy, 1969 © Archives Simon Hantaï/ADAGP, Paris, 2020. Photo: Claude Gaspari

Simon Hantaï, Peinture, 1952–53, Fondation Gandur pour l’Art, Geneva © Archives Simon Hantaï/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: André Morin

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Simon Hantaï
Par où on ne sait pas

January 17–April 27, 2020
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rouen, France
mbarouen.fr

This exhibition celebrates the partnership between the Réunion des Musées Métropolitains and the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art by bringing together works painted by Simon Hantaï. Between 1951 and 1959 the artist’s pictorial inventions elevated the canvas to act alongside the painter; this idea subsequently opened a path for younger artists to consider new ways of painting.

Simon Hantaï, Peinture, 1952–53, Fondation Gandur pour l’Art, Geneva © Archives Simon Hantaï/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: André Morin

Installation view, Le monde nouveau de Charlotte Perriand, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, October 2, 2019–February 24, 2020. Artwork, left to right: © Robert Delaunay; © 2019 Calder Foundation, New York/ADAGP, Paris; © Archives Simon Hantaï/ADAGP, Paris, 2019. Photo: © Fondation Louis Vuitton/Marc Domage

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Simon Hantaï in
Le monde nouveau de Charlotte Perriand

October 2, 2019–February 24, 2020
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr

This large-scale exhibition dedicated to Charlotte Perriand (1903–1999), a pioneer of modernity, marks the twentieth anniversary of her death. Exploring the links between art, architecture, and design, this show pays tribute to her as an architect and a visionary. Work by Simon Hantaï is included.

Installation view, Le monde nouveau de Charlotte Perriand, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, October 2, 2019–February 24, 2020. Artwork, left to right: © Robert Delaunay; © 2019 Calder Foundation, New York/ADAGP, Paris; © Archives Simon Hantaï/ADAGP, Paris, 2019. Photo: © Fondation Louis Vuitton/Marc Domage

Tatiana Trouvé, Desire Lines, 2015, installation view, Frac Grand Large—Hauts-de-France, Dunkerque, France © Tatiana Trouvé. Photo: Aurélien Mole

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Gigantisme
Art & Industrie

May 4, 2019–January 5, 2020
Frac Grand Large—Hauts-de-France, Dunkerque, France
www.fracnpdc.fr

This exhibition features large-scale installations, in situ works, sculptures, paintings, films, and performances that embody encounters between artists, engineers, designers, and architects. Tatiana Trouvé’s Desire Lines, commissioned by Public Art Fund and presented in New York’s Central Park in 2015, is included, as is work by Simon Hantaï.

Tatiana Trouvé, Desire Lines, 2015, installation view, Frac Grand Large—Hauts-de-France, Dunkerque, France © Tatiana Trouvé. Photo: Aurélien Mole

Simon Hantaï, Untitled, 1973 © Archives Simon Hantaï/ADAGP, Paris, 2019. Photo: Clérin/Morin © Consortium Museum

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Simon Hantaï in
Pattern, Crime & Decoration

May 16–October 20, 2019
Consortium Museum, Dijon, France
www.leconsortium.fr

Pattern, Crime & Decoration explores the groundbreaking, artist-led American art movement Pattern and Decoration, which started in the mid-1970s and lasted until the mid-1980s. Strongly grounded in feminism, it included many women artists and sought to highlight arts and crafts, which were often dismissed as belonging to the domestic or decorative sphere. In this exhibition artists from the Pattern and Decoration movement are presented alongside American and European artists from the same era whose work shares similar formal concerns including Simon Hantaï.

Simon Hantaï, Untitled, 1973 © Archives Simon Hantaï/ADAGP, Paris, 2019. Photo: Clérin/Morin © Consortium Museum