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The exhibition shows works from the 80-year career of Pierre Soulages, one of the most extraordinary artists of the present day. For decades, Soulages, the “painter of black and light”, has been dealing with the colour black. He paints his “light pictures” using the structure, texture and reflection of colour.

Pierre Soulages, born in 1919 in Rodez in the south of France, is by far the best known living artist in France and the last outstanding representative of 20th century Classic Modernism and Abstract Expressionism after 1945. He is still artistically active even a hundred years later and remains one of the most productive painters of the present day.

The Musée du Louvre is honouring Soulages on his 100th birthday since December 2019 with a unique solo exhibition of major works since 1950, an honour that has so far only been granted to Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall. The exhibition at the Museum Frieder Burda follows the artist’s wish to look to the future from his centenary. In the light-flooded Museum Frieder Burda, the “white villa in the park”, the presentation of Pierre Soulages’ works is of particular appeal.

Image: Pierre Soulages, Peinture , 13 juin 1971, Öl/Leinwand, 111 x 162 cm, Sammlung Domnick © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020.

Museum Frieder Burda

Lichtentaler Allee 8b

76530 Baden-Baden



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