František Kupka and Groupe de Puteaux
Museum Kampa, U Sovových mlýnů 2, Praha 1 - Malá Strana, 118 00
- 9. 9. 2017 – 9. 1. 2018
For the first time in the Czech Republic, there will be presented the Section d´Or, also known as the Groupe de Puteaux, a collective of painters, sculptors, poets and critics associated with Cubism and Orphism, who settled at the Parisian suburb Puteaux. There will be put on display 30 art pieces from artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Albert Gleizes, Fernand Léger, Jean Metzinger, František Kupka and others. The art works will be borrowed from the Musée National d´Art Moderne Paris – Centre Pompidou and private collections.
As the beginning of the Groupe de Puteaux, one can mark year 1911, when in the study of Jean Villon started to meet Albert Gleizes, La Fresnaye, Fernand Léger,, Francis Picabia, Jean Metzinger, Guillame Apollinaire and František Kupka. Later on, they were joined by Marcel Duchamp, Raymond Duchamp-Villon and others. The artists did not choose one certain genre, but they rather transformed and modified the emerging principles of modern art: orphism (Robert Delaunay), futurism and cubo-futurism (DavidBurliuk), rayonism (Mikhail Larionov). The exhibition would like to present this thought movement and search for possible ways as well as their defence before the world and other artists. Especially for František Kupka, who came from an older generation than his neighbours from Putteaux, this community was crucial in order not to be tied by convention but to concentrate on his own way of art expression.