Une aventure moderne
Centre Pompidou, Paris
– 27 August 2018
The Union des Artistes Modernes, in short UAM, was created in 1929 and represents a union of artists from various disciplines of French modernism. The Centre Pompidou gives an overview of the most famous works from the beginning of the 20th century to the end of the 1950s.
The aim of the UAM was to abolish hierarchical structures within art discourse and to create a synthesis of the most diverse art forms. Architects, designers, painters, bookbinders, photographers, and sculptors joined forces to make a variety of works accessible to the widest possible audience. The artists expressed their collective work in specially organised annual exhibitions, the first of which took place in 1930. UAM reached its peak in the post-war period, when it played a significant role in the reconstruction and reorientation of a range of social standards. The artist association disbanded only a short time later, but the values it stood for continued to influence the creative process and work of the artists.
The painter and furniture designer Francis Jourdain, the architect and designer Charlotte Perriand, and the sculptor and silversmith Jean Puiforcat as well as many others were all part of UAM. The exhibition on the UAM in the Centre Pompidou gives an overview of the best-known works from the beginning of the 20th century to the end of the 1950s with a special focus on the similarities and connections of the different art forms and their representatives. Both collective work and individual projects are exhibited.