Exceptional Sale at Christie’s


On October 26, the house of Christie’s is organizing, in Paris, the sale “Dagny and Jan Runnqvist, Galerie Bonnier, half a century of passion and artistic commitments”.

For more than 50 years, Dagny and Jan Runnqvist, a couple of Swedish descent who recently disappeared, managed the Galerie Bonnier in Geneva. This half-century of fruitful collaboration has enabled the Runnqvist couple to constitute an exceptional collection of works.

The Christie’s sale on October 26 brings together sculptures and lithographs, as well as drawings and letters that the couple had received from New Realist artists such as Jean Tinguely, Niki de Saint Phalle, Yves Klein, Arman, Martial Raysse and major artists of the second half of the 20th century such as Lucio Fontana, Jean Fautrier and of course Alain Jacquet.

From the impressive Runnqvist collection, 20 Alain Jacquet lots will be offered at Christie’s. We note in particular the series of ten Portrait d’Homme (1964), an exceptional case: all the different versions of this screenprint are presented together, during the same public sale.

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A Déjeuner invites itself to Yale!


Alain Jacquet’s Déjeuner sur l’herbe will be present in New York in the “Lunch with Olympia” exhibition organized at the Yale School of Art.

Coinciding with the presentation of the conference “Olympiad: celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Manet’s Olympia and Déjeuner sur l’herbe, the exhibition designed by Carol Armstrong and Robert Storr will present works by Cézanne, Picasso, Robert Morris, Carolee Schneeman, Anthony McCall , and many others of the younger generations.

The exhibition will be visible from September 20 to November 21, 2013.

Alain Jacquet for Henri Matisse 


From June 21, the city of Nice will be organizing the Nice 2013 event. A summer for Matisse, in which the exhibition “Bonjour Monsieur Matisse! »Organized by MAMAC from June 21 to November 24, 2013.

Gilbert Perlein, curator of the exhibition, offers to question the survival of Matisse iconography among contemporary artists. Larry Rivers, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat… Many of them have quoted Matisse, having played with his works, reinterpreting them, declining them, sometimes bypassing them.

The MAMAC exhibition allows you to discover these multiple rewritings, these reappropriations by contemporary artists. It shows the different ways of appropriating Matisse’s work in a figurative corpus from the 1960s to the present day.

It is no coincidence that such an exhibition is held at MAMAC: this museum has always given pride of place to Pop Art and New Realism. An important Alain Jacquet retrospective was organized there in 2005. And MAMAC currently holds five works by Alain Jacquet in its permanent collection.

Once again, MAMAC is honoring Alain Jacquet through the exhibition “Bonjour Monsieur Matisse!”. The Center Pompidou has loaned an important piece from its collection: Le Camouflage Matisse: Luxury, calm and voluptuousness.

This major work by Alain Jacquet is to be discovered – or rediscovered – at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nice this summer!

Works by Sophie Matisse, widow of Alain Jacquet and great-granddaughter of Henri Matisse, will also be exhibited as part of this not to be missed event.

Click Here to view the Exhibition Site

Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain (MAMAC)

Alain Jacquet at the Fondazione Prada; from Bern to Venice


From June 1 to November 3, 2013, the Prada Foundation presents the exhibition When Attitudes Become Form: Bern 1969 / Venice 2013 orchestrated by Germano Celant.

This daring project is setting up, almost identically, the famous exhibition Live in Your Head. When Attitudes Become Form designed and organized by Harold Szeeman in Bern in 1969.

The original exhibition from 1969 is a founding event for contemporary art. It is indeed remarkable on many points in particular because it introduces into Europe various artistic practices hitherto little known and especially because it does it in an original mode. The Kunsthalle Bern was transformed for the occasion into a gigantic workshop where the works rubbed shoulders in a way far removed from museological rationalization. When attitudes become form, this broke with the modernist reading of an art history based on linearity. Harald Szeemann did not propose an interpretation of art based on a historicizing evolution but subject to a personal vision. When attitudes become form testified to a new sensitivity to the notion of the artist’s attitude in the creative process; it heralded a new form of work between living artists and art historians in contact with the artistic act. This exhibition presented neither a movement, nor a trend, nor list of names, nor shaky concept. Just “the activity of the artist”, as its designer Harald Szeemann said.

Another notable feature: this exhibition presented 69 major international artists, brought together for the first time. Among others: Beuys, Buren, Merz, Weiner, Darboven, Hesse, Morris, Nauman, Oldenburg, Pistoletto, Serra and of course Alain Jacquet. The only French artist on this list of prestigious names, Alain Jacquet’s participation in this event, which has become almost mythical, marks a historic point in his career and shows how Alain Jacquet was able to open up to the artistic issues of his time and invest effectively in their concrete applications.

Alain Jacquet exhibited there Les Fils Electriques, an astonishing and innovative installation that he had presented a few months before at the Yvon Lambert Gallery in Paris. Unplugged and useless electrical wires ran along the walls of the Kunsthalle. It is this relatively unknown work by Alain Jacquet that the Prada Foundation proposes to recall to the memory of the public at Ca ‘Corner della Regina in Venice from next June. The Alain Jacquet Committee and the organizers of this event have worked together to reconstruct this work, which had never been exhibited again, in order to present to the public a faithful and consistent version of the authentic Electric Wires created by Alain Jacquet.

Click Here to Discover the video presenting the 1969 exhibition (Alain Jacquet can be seen there from 16:54 to 19:55)

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