Jean Hélion at the Malingue gallery

On 01 December 2017, by Sylvain Alliod
© Florent Chevrot

One word encapsulates this exhibition: museum-worthy. Featuring 25 paintings by Jean Hélion and marking the reopening of Daniel Malingue’s refurbished Paris gallery, it could well serve as a chapter on the artist’s career in the 1940s in a major retrospective of his work. Nothing here is for sale, since most of the paintings come from private collections and three from institutions (the Centre Pompidou, the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and the Centre National des Arts Plastiques in Paris). This is worth mentioning because it illustrates the extent to which these museums trust the gallery. As Hélion was considered a leading figure in abstraction, his return to figuration in 1939 was seen as a betrayal on both sides of the Atlantic. But maybe Hélion was actually an important precursor of Pop Art? We rediscover the artist the great practitioner through his subtle colours. On display until 16 December 2017.

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