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There is not only the Centre Pompidou to display Modern Art collections in Paris. The Museum of Modern Art City of Paris is offering visitors a new approach by dividing its collection into two separate parts: the history section (rooms 1 to 12); and the contemporary section (rooms 13 to 20).
This new layout spotlights major figures and trends in art history – Rouault, Delaunay, Derain, Dufy, Fautrier, de Chirico, Étienne-Martin, Art Deco furnishings and objects – together with the most recent additions to the collection: Lehmbruck, Freundlich, Tal Coat, Chaissac, Baselitz, Byars, Penck, Lüpertz, and others.
The museum opened in 1961 with, in particular, a core of works from the “modern” collections of the Petit Palais, and was enriched due to the generosity of the collectors Emanuele Sarmiento, Mathilde Amos and Ambroise Vollard. Meanwhile, the building was designed for the International Art and Technical Exhibition in 1937.
The 1937 exhibition provided the opportunity for some remarkable acquisitions including: The Dance by Matisse, Nude in the bath and The Garden by Bonnard, The Cardiff Team by Robert Delaunay, The River by Derain, Discs by Léger, The Stopover by Lhote, The Blue Bird by de Metzinger, four Artists’ Portraits by Vuillard, furniture by Pierre Chareau, André Arbus, Jacques Emile Ruhlmann, which still number among the museum’s masterpieces, not forgetting the large murals by Robert and Sonia Delaunay, Albert Gleizes and Jacques Villon, acquired during the exhibition. The Girardin bequest in 1953 was a decisive contribution and persuaded the authorities to move from the cramped galleries of the Petit Palais and to open a dedicated area within the Palais de Tokyo.
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