4 October 2008—2 January 2009
In The Sackler Wing of Galleries, Burlington House
The Royal Academy presents an exhibition demonstrating the achievement of the famous Galerie Maeght. Founded by Aimé and Marguerite Maeght, the gallery opened in Paris in 1945 and was to become one of the most influential and creative galleries of the twentieth century. The artists it showed expressed a bold new spirit in art which exploded in France after the dark years of the war.
The exhibition presents Aimé Maeght's outstanding contributions to art in the mid-twentieth century as an art dealer, exhibition maker and publisher. It features work by the major artists he exhibited - Miró, Calder, Giacometti and Braque - as well as works by Bonnard and Matisse.
Little known film footage of the artists at work and relaxing with their patron and his family is shown, revealing the remarkably close relationship that existed between Aimé Maeght and his artists.
Video preview: Alberto Giacometti
Click here to watch one of the films featured in the exhibition.
“This show brings to London an international group of distinguished artists, who furthered their careers in Paris through the influential Maeght Gallery, each challenging the status quo in his field. As a bank, BNP Paribas shares this pioneering ethos and is proud to be associated with such illustrious company by supporting the Royal Academy and this show”.
- Ludovic de Montille, UK Chief Executive, BNP Paribas.
BNP Paribas is a European leader in global banking and financial services and is one of the 4 strongest banks in the world according to Standard & Poor’s. The group is present in over 85 countries, with more than 168,000 employees, including 129,500 in Europe and over 7,000 in the UK. The group holds key positions in three major segments: Corporate and Investment Banking, Asset Management & Services and Retail Banking. Present throughout Europe in all of its business lines, the bank’s two domestic markets in retail banking are France and Italy. BNP Paribas has had a significant presence in the UK for nearly 140 years, comprising a broad range of businesses, including Corporate and Investment Banking, BNP Paribas Securities Services, Cardif Pinnacle and AtisReal.