David Hockney exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris

From June 21, 2017 to October 23, 2017

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From 21 June to 23 October 2017, the Centre Pompidou will present the most comprehensive retrospective ever devoted to the work of David Hockney.

In collaboration with London's Tate Britain and the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the exhibition celebrates the artist's 80th birthday.

Through more than 200 works (paintings, photographs, engravings, video installations, drawings and printed works), including the most iconic (swimming pools, double portraits, monumental landscapes), the exhibition retraces David Hockney's entire artistic journey.

From the photograph to the iPad

This unique presentation focuses on Hockney's interest in modern technical tools for producing and reproducing images. "Artistic creation is an act of sharing." Hockney has, in turn, used photographs, faxes, computers, printers and more recently the iPhone and the iPad.  

Technical discoveries

The exhibition opens with the works of his youth, done by Hockney at the art school of his home town of Bradford. While he was there, he discovered and assimilated the English tradition of abstract impressionism developed by Alan Davie. He also borrowed from the style of Jean Dubuffet (graffiti, naive art, etc.) to achieve his goal of producing art that was both eloquent and universally accessible. Francis Bacon inspired the boldness of expression that explicitly addressed the question of homosexuality. And his discovery of Picasso's work convinced him that an artist should not be restricted to any given style. One of his first exhibitions was called: Demonstration of versatility.

Multiple images

Reconsidering the vision of Cubism, which synthesises the view of a spectator moving around the subject, and armed with a polaroid camera, Hockney assembled his "joiners": multiple images reconstructing a figure. One of his compositions was Perblossom Highway, the sum of over a hundred photographs representing as many different points of view.

In 1997, David Hockney returned to the north of England, to the rural home of his childhood. His landscapes encompassed the spatial complexity of his research, reconsidering the space from a traditional perspective.   

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