artists & participants

Pierre AbadiePol AbrahamPierre Albert-BirotLou Albert-LasardFernand Allard-L´olivierC. AltamGuillaume ApollinaireAlexander ArchipenkoGuy ArnouxHans ArpCharles AtamianIvan AxionovGaston BalandeRoberto BaldessariGiacomo BallaAdrien BarrereAlfred BastienW. BattermannCharles BaudelaireRudolf BauerMax BeckmannDemian BednyVanessa BellMary BennerLucien BernhardtThomas BertF. Besniers PinxPierre BlancMaria BlanchardMax BlondatGus BofaMuirhead BonePierre BonnardAlexei Boris KustodijewJoseph-Felix BouchorEmile-Antoine BourdelleDavid BourlioukBernard Boutet de MonvelConstantin BrancusiAndré BretonL.g. BrodatyRomaine BrooksAntonio BrunoAlfred BryanGabrielle BuffetCharles Burchfield CamiHenri CamusMaurice Canneel CapielloGeorges CaponPaul CastelnauBlaise Cendrars CerrinaMarc ChagallCharlie ChaplinLouis CharlotPierre ChoumoffHoward ChristyPaul ClaudelGilbert Clavel ClessJean CocteauHaskell CoffinPaul-Emile Colin CollombRichard CooperJean-Georges Corneliusde CosterHenri CrasteHenri DangonStuart DavisKarel de BondtGiorgio De ChiricoAnne-Pierre de KatCharles de TholeyHenry de WaroquierFelix Del Marle DelapreSonia DelaunayMaurice DenisFortunato DeperoEmil Der Jüngere DöplerPaul DermeeVictor-Lucien DescavesAlbert DethomasAlfred Devred / Leo DevredOtto DixTheo van DoesburgCharles Dominique FouquerayGeorges DorivalG. DouanneMarcel DuchampRaymond Duchamp-VillonAndre DucuingLeonardo DudrevilleRaoul DufyGeorges DuhamelRobert Dumont-DuparcAlbin Egger-LienzJacob EpsteinFritz ErlerMax ErnstPierre FalkeHenri FarreLeon FauretSerge FeratLouis FeuilladeJean-Louis ForainTsugouharu FoujitaAndre FrayeRaphael FreidaOtto FreundlichAndre GallandJean Galtier-BoissiereAbel GanceTony GarnierPierre GatierHenri GaudierJulio Gaudier-BrzeskaCharles Georges DufresneMark GertlerAugusto GiacomettiPietro GigliEric GillCharles Giquet de PreissacAlbert GleizesJulio GonzálezSem GoursatOskar GraffJuan GrisMarcel GromaireGeorge GroszPaul GuillaumeOlaf GulbranssonJacques HablützelMargaret HallMarsden HartleyChilde HassamRaoul HausmannErich HeckelAuguste-Claude HeiligensteinFritz Helmut EhmckeKeith HendersonEric Henri KenningtonJacques Henri LartigueMajor Henry NormanAuguste HerbinM. Heringfeld Hermann-PaulGeorge HerrimanAlfred-Jules Herve-MatheFerdinand HodlerGaston HoffmannGustav HolstKarl HornCharles HoubenJean HugoVicente HuidobroVilmos HuszarPaul IribeJohannes IttenMax JacobMarcel JancoAlexej von JawlenskyMarcel JeanjeanLucien JonasGino Joseph SchweisthalPierre-Jean JouvePaul JouveAry JustmanWassili KamenskiWassily KandinskyKarl Karlovitch BullaAndré KertészErnst Ludwig KirchnerPaul KleeIvan KliunJunichi KochiMagda KollKäthe KollwitzN. Kotov KrutschonychJ. L. GrosseJean-Emile Laboureur LachmanPaul LandowskiMaurice LangaskensHenri LanosCharles LansiauxMikhail LarionovHenri LaurensKarel LauwersJohn Lavery Le CorbusierJean-Louis LefortFernand LegerOtto LehmannWilhelm Lehmbruck LehmeyerAristarch LentulowGeorges Leon BruyerAndre LhoteJacques LipchitzMorton Livingston SchambergRobert LotironMaximilien LuceStanton Macdonald-WrightPierre MacorlanPaul MadelineAlberto MagnelliGaspard MaillolKasimir MalewitschRobert Mallet-StevensPaul MansardHenri ManuelAndre MareJoseph Maria JunoyAlbert MarquetCharles MartinFrans MasereelHenri MatisseJanos Mattis TeutschKarl MaxJames McbeyMathurin MeheutLudwig MeidnerWilli MenzJean MetzingerV. MetzschHenri MeunierMarc-Henri Meunier MeurisseJoan MiroAmedeo ModiglianiJohannes MohlzanLaszlo Moholy-NagyClaude MonetHenri MontassierJames Montgomery FlaggPietro MorandoPaul MorchainGeorg MucheFelix MullerReinhold NägelePaul NashJohn NashOskar NerlingerMaurice NeumontChristopher NevinsonJais NielsenEmil NoldeJohn NortonEugene OgeFerdinand OlivierWilliam OrpenLouis OrrSujan PalJules PascinMax PechsteinAuguste PerretAntoine PevsnerFrancis PicabiaPablo PicassoJoseph-Porphyre PinchonLjubow PopowaFrancisque PoulbotFrancis PoulencMarcel ProustVictor ProuveGreta ProzorPaul QuesteCharlotte Quillet Saint AngeBenjamin RabierPierre RatouisMan RayAuguste RenoirHans RichterIras Roberto BaldessariAlbert RobidasAuguste RodinAlexander RodtschenkoMaurice RollandGeorges RouaultOlga RozanovaLudwig RubinerArthur S. Mole SadagHarold Sandys WilliamsonJohn Singer SargentErik Satie SaunierEgon SchieleOskar SchlemmerJules SchmalzigaugKarl Schmidt-RottluffLeo SchnugGeorges ScottKirill SdanewitschIlja SdanewitschEmilio SettimelliGino SeveriniCharles SheelerPhilippe Soupault SpritzFranz StassenIacob SteinbergTheophile-Alexandre SteinlenHenri-Louis StephanyAlfred StieglitzPaul StrandFritz StuckenbergLeopold SurvageTancrede SynaveF. T. MarinettiSophie Taeuber-Arp ThalamacEmma ThiollierJames ThiriarJohn D. ThomasHenry TonksJean-Baptiste TournassoudAbel TruchetTristan TzaraHenri ValensiPaul ValeryFélix VallottonBart van der LeckKees van DongenAchille van SassenbrouckGeorges VantongerlooAndre VentreAlexandre VesnineJacques VillonAmbroise VollardErnst VollbehrBaroness Elsa von Freytag-LoringhovenEdouard VuillardWilliam WauerGerda WegenerClarence H. WhiteOrrin WightmanAugust William HutafBeatrice WoodA.w. WurthmannGeorges YakoulovOssip ZadkineAl. ZelenskiJules-Emile ZinggHenri-Achille Zo 

curators

press release

Centre Pompidou-Metz presents 1917, a multidisciplinary exhibition that investigates the fundamental question of artistic creation in wartime. Originating with Picasso's creation of his largest work, the stage curtain for the ballet Parade, in 1917, the exhibition examines artistic production of that crucial year in light of historical facts and their impacts on the lives of the artists.

1917 offers an instant view of every field of creativity during this year of the First World War. It asks what such a narrow, precise context as a single year might mean for creative activity, while avoiding the pitfalls of expectations and assumptions as to the nature of wartime art. By focusing on one year in the 20th century, 1917 also explores a rarely attempted, original exhibition format.

1917 testifies to the extreme diversity of its artistic production. Presented on over 2300 square meters and in two sections, the exhibition conveys this diversity by mapping the various positions of the artists relative to the battlefront, and subsequently their degree of physical, psychological, symbolical or intellectual involvement in the issues of war.

Alongside masters such as Brancusi, Dix, Duchamp, Kandinsky, Matisse, Monet, or Nevinson, were amateur artists who felt the need to respond to the trials of war through creative expression such as Trench art, examples of which are a high point of the exhibition. Equally important are the war artists who were sent to the front to record its events, and the many individuals who, as eyewitnesses, expressed their memory of the conflict for posterity.

From physical and psychological destruction and rebuilding through self-portraiture, to the confusion between gender, and the transformation associated with camouflage, two major figures arise: the Harlequin and the stage curtain for the ballet Parade, whose monumental format and remarkable presentation constitute the climax of the exhibition. This masterpiece by Picasso was last shown in 2004 in Hong Kong and is shown in France for the first time in over twenty years.

The exhibition gathers works from public, private, art, and military collections, both French and international. Foremost among these are the many works drawn from the collection of the Centre Pompidou, Musée national d'art moderne. 1917 also benefits from partnerships with the Bibliothèque de Documentation Internationale Contemporaine (Nanterre), the Établissement de communication et de production audiovisuelle de la défense (Ivry-sur-Seine), the musée de l'Armée (Paris), the musée du Service de Santé des Armées (Paris), the Historial de la Grande Guerre (Péronne) and the Imperial War Museums (London).

1917 is endorsed by the Ministry of Defence and Ex-Servicemen. The exhibition is the first in a series of cultural events about the Great War leading up to international commemorations of the centennial of the First World War.

A 600 page catalogue will be published to coincide with the opening of the exhibition, followed by a symposium in September 2012.

A programme of films, lectures and performances will run alongside the exhibition, such as a cine-concert by Jeff Mills scheduled for 26 May 2012.

Curators Claire Garnier, Curator, Centre Pompidou-Metz Laurent Le Bon, Curator, Director, Centre Pompidou-Metz