Flambeau de noces chimiques. 21 février 1954 Paris, musée national d’art moderne – Centre Georges Pompidou © Collection Centre Pompidou, Dist. RMN / Philippe Migeat. Paris, 2010

9 octobre 2010 – 2 janvier 2011 – Musee des Beaux Arts de Nantes

Although represented in public collections , the work of this artist has not yet received a major exhibition in France.
Judit Reigle was born in Hungary in 1923. After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest ( 1941-46 ) and a study tour in Italy (1946-48 ) , she finally chooses to leave the communist Hungary to France where she arrived in 1950 after an epic journey of four months. She begins by painting dreamlike images that quickly attract the attention of Andre Breton. In search of a ” total control of both mental and physical, ” she began in 1953 a pictorial work of intense gestural abstraction by series. During the 1960s , the human figure reappears again, but almost spectral on empty backgrounds. her work is guided by the struggle with the material and the emerging form , imposing its unpredictable logic.
Through approximately seventy paintings and some works on paper, all stages of her pictorial journey will be presented for the first time in this exhibition, from the early surrealist paintings of the years 1950-54 until recent years , bringing together for each period some striking paintings , sometimes exceptionals . The works come from several French public collections and private collections of French and foreign , and the workshop of the artist . This major retrospective will pay tribute to the exemplary itinerary of an artist which used separate ways but came across all the questions of contemporary painting , whose pictorial evolution since the 1950s , meets the objective of the Museum’s collection of paintings .

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