18th October 2021
Lost, loose and loved, Museu Reina Sofia
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Museo Reina Sofia looks at foreign artists in post-war Paris

The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia opens a new exhibition on 21 November that explores the lives of foreign artists in Paris in the middle of the last century: ‘Lost, Loose and Loved: Foreign Artists in Paris 1944-1968‘.

The focus of the show is on the community of artists who moved to the French capital at the end of the Second World War and were caught up in the rebuilding of the city and the country after the devastation caused by the conflict.

It was also a time in which the ‘School of Paris‘ art movement, which had always relied on and attracted creatives from abroad, was looking to revamp itself.

Lost, loose and loved, Museu Reina Sofia
‘Collage sur fond bleu’, 1963. Nicolas de Stael (Image courtesy Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris)

Despite all the changes happening at the time, Paris continued to be viewed as a place of freedom, a place to which artists of all backgrounds and fields (including painting, sculpture, jazz, literature and film) were drawn.

It lead to a creative scene that was complex, vibrant and set against the backdrop of the developing Cold War.

The show, which is ordered chronologically, looks at the multiple approaches and focal points that were embraced during this period.

It also looks at the reasons why artists from different countries and cultures came to France, and offers visitors the chance to discover artworks that have long been overlooked by many.

When: 21 November – 22 April 2019

Where: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia

More info: www.museoreinasofia.es

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