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Supports/Surfaces: Viallat & Saytour


from 22.12.2020


Musée national d'histoire et d'art
Marché-aux-Poissons -
Peinture française moderne du MNHA
The MNHA holds one of the most important public collections of Supports Surfaces at European level. It was carefully built up over many years, and is still actively strengthened with donations and purchases. In this exhibition important acquisitions from recent years are shown, focusing on works by two founding members of the Supports/Surfaces movement: Patrick Saytour (b.1935) and Claude Viallat (b.1936).
Supports/Surfaces had its birthplace in the south of France, where most of the group’s earliest members lived and worked, in cities like Montpellier, Nîmes and Nice. Viallat and Saytour, who were born in the latter two cities, respectively, were part of a group of twelve artists, notably with Vincent Bioulès, Louis Cane, Daniel Dezeuze, Jean-Pierre Pincemin and Bernard Pagès, along with several others who were closely affiliated. From the start, their work was marked by an interest in materiality, a lyrical use of color and expansive ideas of what constitutes a painting.