BARONI Monique La Gitane (The Gipsy), 100 x 150

From the 10th  to the 16th of November 2010 – Grand Palais, porte C Avenue Franklin Roosevelt

In 1903, the first Salon d’Automne (Autumn Salon) was organized by Georges Rouault, André Derain, Henri Matisse and Albert Marquet as a reaction to the conservative policies of the official Paris Salon. The exhibition almost immediately became the showpiece of developments and innovations in 20th century painting and sculpture.

While the Salon was dominated by the painters, Jacques Villon was one of the artists who helped organize the drawing section of the first salon and later would help the Puteaux Group gain recognition with showings at the Salon des Indépendants. The poet-painter-critic Tristan Klingsor was another early exhibitor.

During the Salon’s early years, established artists such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir threw their support behind the new exhibition and evenAuguste Rodin displayed several drawings. Since its inception, the greats and future greats of the art world such as Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse and Paul Gauguin and Pablo Picasso have been shown here.

After World War I, the Salon d’Automne was dominated by the works of the Montparnasse painters such as Marc Chagall, Amedeo Modigliani, Georges Braque and Georges Gimel. Celebrated Polish expressionist painter Henryk Gotlib also exhibited. Sculpture saw the likes of Constantin Brancusi, Aristide Maillol, Charles Despiau, René Iché and Ossip Zadkine emerge as new forces.

In addition to painting and sculpture, at the Salon could be found the creations in the decorative arts such as the glassworks of René Laliqueas well as architectural designs by Le Corbusier. Still an exhibition of world importance, the Salon d’Automne is now into its second century.

During the last decades of the 20th century, the Salon d’Automne was mainly illustrated by painters like Edouard McAvoy, his chairman, Jean Monneret, and Maurice Boitel.

Once again a gust of fresh air will blow through the Salon d’Automne. The arts fraternity will have everyone see and hear all of its diversity around a hommage to the posthumous godfather of this 2010 edition, Laurent Terzieff. As every year since its creation, the fair defends the freedom of various modes of expression, whether visual, poetic or musical.

Painters, printers, sculptors…

With its unequaled base of over 450 visual artists from all over France and elsewhere, the Salon d’Automne promotes artists who work throughout the field of contemporary creation. The painters, printers, sculptors, photographers, architects, artists and decorators will be joined by poets, composers, musicians, actors, publishing artists and movie directors. There will be concerts (from Moussorgsky to contemporary creation), poetry recitals (by Robin Renucci or Michael Lonsdale), in partnership with the Printemps des poètes, and live shows. Freedom of speech will manifest itself through conferences and debates in which visual artists will discuss their situation and their status as artists that is contested much too often.

An international vocation
The Salon and in its Manifesto, published in 2008, strongly defend this freedom and criticize «State-backed pomposity»… For decades, the lack of equality in the sharing of public subsidies has favored a certain «contemporary art» to the detriment of the country’s other much larger artistic community, one that also claims, and rightly so, its status of contemporanity. The creed of the Salon is the freedom of artists from all over the world to meet and exchange, share, and experience together the great celebration of art. More than ever it confirms its international vocation through the dynamic presence of foreign delegations, that of the very important Arab one, that of the Chinese representation, including artists from Ukrania, from Mexico, Japan, Brazil… More than thirty countries are represented at the Salon d’Automne.

Tomorrow, America
Ever since its creation in 1903, the Salon d’Automne, which has «presented» works by Gauguin, Matisse, Modigliani, Despiau or Bernard Buffet, has also constantly welcomed foreign artists. After 1970 it reached out to the Japanese public and then settled in Santiago de Compostela (Galicia), where its artists expose since 2005. It had a remarkable participation in the Art and Literature biennale in Cairo in 2008, and then launched a real bridge to the artistic community of the near and Middle East. This opening to the world is meant to broaden: after the big celebration foreseen in Moscow in December 2010 (event supported by CulturesFrance), the Salon d’Automne will move for the first time in its history to the North-American continent, more precisely to Indianapolis, in September 2012.

Salon Hours