Exhibition: Poetry of the Metropolis. The Affichistes

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The SCHIRN Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, Germany is presenting the exhibition “Poetry of the Metropolis.

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Exhibition: Poetry of the Metropolis. The Affichistes The SCHIRN Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, Germany is presenting the exhibition “Poetry of the Metropolis. The Affichistes”. Not merely an artistic current in the avant-garde art of the ‘50s and ‘60s, but a visual story of the large cities of those years. 

Seeing the city through its posters, or what remains of them. A glimpse, whose poetry lies in the actual fragmentation of the content displayed, showing the colours and graphics of the given historical period through to today, showing us urban everyday life through a new kind of lens.
This is what the SCHIRN Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, Germany is offering visitors at the exhibition “Poetry of the Metropolis. The Affichistes”. 

Questo è quello che propone la SCHIRN Kunsthalle di Francoforte, Germania, ai visitatori della mostra “Poetry of the Metropolis. The Affichistes”. 

As they wandered the streets of post-war Paris in the 1950s, artists like Francois Dufrêne, Raymond Hains, Jacques Villeglé and like-minded Mimmo Rotella and Wolf Vostell tore off pieces of the omnipresent advertising posters. A subversive, intrinsically poetic gesture by these trailblazers of a “new realism”, who wanted to create something new, using something that already existed, and none of the fragments on display was accidentally torn off by the artists involved.So, this exhibition is all about thoughtful gestures that tell us about urban life, about the reality and the dreams of the metropolis, mediated through their artistry.

A visit to the exhibition “Poetry of the Metropolis. The Affichistes” is therefore an opportunity to really enter into the urban feeling of those years, a journey through time to see what are really the precursors of Pop-Art and of Street-Art in particular, which is now becoming more and more popular.  

The exhibition, “Poetry of the Metropolis. The Affichists” at the SCHIRN Kunsthalle Frankfurt, is open until 25 May 2015.

(Christiane Bürklein)

Mostra “Poetry of the Metropolis. The Affichistes”
dal 5 febbraio al 25 maggio 2015
SCHIRN Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
Images of the exhibition : © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2015 Foto: Norbert Miguletz 
Raymond Hains: Cet homme est dangereux, 1957 Plakatabriss auf Leinwand 94 x 60,5 cm ahlers collection © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2015
Raymond Hains und Jacques Villeglé: Projekt Pénélope,1950-1953
Eine Animationszeichnung der “Séquence Ravenne Bleue” (Nr. 148) Lackfarbe auf Papier 23 x 31 cm courtesy Galerie GP & N Vallois, Paris © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2015
Jacques Villeglé: L'Anonyme du dripping, 1967 Plakatabriss auf Leinwand 200 x 320 cm Collection S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum, Gent © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2015, Stedelijk Museum, Gent
Jacques Villeglé: Avenue de La Motte-Piquet, Paris XV, 1961 Plakatabriss 241 x 177,5 cm Musée d’art moderne et contemporain de Saint-Etienne Métropole © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2015 
Jacques Villeglé beim Abreissen von Plakaten in den Straßen von Paris, 1963
Foto: Shunk-Kender © J. Paul Getty Trust. The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles. (2014.R.20) Gift of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation in memory of Harry Shunk and Janos Kender
Mimmo Rotella: La tigre, 1962 Plakatabriss auf Leinwand 108 x 84 cm Privatsammlung Rom © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2015
Wolf Vostell: Coca-Cola, 1961 Plakatabriss auf Hartfaserplatte 210 × 310 cm Museum Ludwig, Köln © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2015 Foto: Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln
Wolf Vostell: Ihr Kandidat, 1961 Plakatabriss auf Hartfaserplatte 160 x 200 cm Leihgabe der Bundesrepublik Deutschland – Sammlung Zeitgenössische Kunst © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2015
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