JEAN DEWASNE

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Bio

Born in 1921, Lille, France.

Died in 1999, Paris, France.

 

Like Fernand Léger, Jean Dewasne celebrates the modern world through a work with many facets. He was a pioneer in the use of industrial materials, supports and mechanized processes for painting. His fascination with the raw and functional forms of industrial production is reflected in his style, which finally took hold in the early 1950s: an abstraction with geometric flat areas in bright colors. This fascination also drives him to use elements of automobile or motorcycle bodies to shape his brightly colored antiscultures. After a first retrospective at the Kunsthalle in Berne in 1966, he represented France at the Venice Biennale in 1968. It was also at this time that he designed gigantic murals, notably for the Olympic Games in Grenoble and for the Grande Arche de la Défense. He never stopped theorizing and teaching his artistic practice through publications and conferences.

Works Available:

 
Jean Dewasne / Coeure libre / Gouache / 1970 / 49 x 64 cm / PodgornyRobinson Gallery
Jean Dewasne / Composition abstraite / Gouache / 1970 / 49 x 64 cm / PodgornyRobinson Gallery
Jean Dewasne / Composition abstraite / Gouache / 1950 / 49 x 56 cm / Podgorny Robinson Gallery
Jean Dewasne / Forces vives / Gouache / 1970 / 56 x 82,5 cm / Podgorny Robinson Gallery
Jean Dewasne / Composition abstraite / Gouache / 1970 / 46,5 x 63 cm / Podgorny Robinson Gallery
 

SOLO SHOWS (SELECTION)

 

2015

Jean Dewasne, LAAC, Dunkerque, France

2014

Jean Dewasne, Vers une peinture plane, Musée de Cambrai, France

Jean Dewasne, la couleur construite : de l’Antisculpture à l’architecture, Musée Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France

2013

Antisculptures, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, France

2010

Messmer Foundation, Riegel, Allemagne

2009

Stattgalerie Klagenfurt, Autriche

1991 

Antisculptures and the tapestry Cœur Cinabre (woven by the Manufacture d’État des Gobelins between 1977 and 1980 for the Mobilier National), Musée des Beaux-Arts, Libourne, France

Jean Dewasne, Musée Josef Albers, Bottrop, Germany

1987    

Dewasne, Galerie de la Prévôté, Festival de Musique d’Aix en Provence, France

1983    

Dewasne, Musée de la Poste, Galerie du Messager, Paris, France

1982   

Dewasne, Galerie Jean Six, Paris, France

La Longue Marche, Forum du Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

1981    

Dewasne, Veranneman Foundation, Kruishoutem, Belgium

1980    

Dewasne, Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki, Finlan

1979    

Dewasne, La Maison des Arts et Loisirs, Thonon-les-Bains, France

Dewasne, Galerie Sapone, Nice, France

Dewasne, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas (MACC), Caracas, Venezuela

1978    

Antisculptures, Maxi-Peintures, Gouaches, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden

Conceptions, Institut Français, Stockholm, Sweden

Dewasne, Maison de la Culture, Ris-Orangis, France, organised by George Boudaille

Dewasne, Atelier de Recherche Esthétique, Caen, France

Dewasne, Galerie de Seine, Paris, France

Dewasne, Centre Culturel Noroit, Arras, France

1977     

Dewasne, Maison de la Culture, Annecy, France

12 Antisculptures at the Salon Gröningen, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark

Gouaches and Drawings, Asbaek Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

Antiscultpures and Gouaches, Nordjütlandisches Kunstmuseum, Aalborg, Denmark

Antisculptures and Gouaches, Kunstverein Kolding, Denmark

Antisculptures, Maxi-peintures, Gouaches, Les Ateliers du Grand Hornu, Mons, Belgium

Antisculptures, Maxi-Paintings, Gouaches, Henie-Onstadt Art Centre, Oslo, Norway

1976  

Dewasne, Centre d’Art et de Communication, Vaduz, Lichtenstein

1975  

Dewasne, Carnegie Institute Foundation, Pittsburgh, USA (exhibiting La Longue Marche and Habitacle Rouge)

Les Maxi Tableaux, Basle Fair, Switzerland

Dewasne, Antisculptures Cerveaux-Mâles, Musée d’Art Modernede la Ville de Paris, Paris, France

Dewasne, Kunstverein, Hanover, Germany

Dewasne, Galerie Lucien Durand, Paris, France

1974–75   

Dewasne. La Longue Marche, Orly-Ouest Airport, Orly, France

1974  

Dewasne, Galleria Vismara, Milan, Italy

Dewasne, Lousiana Museum of Modern Art, Humblebaek, Denmark (exhibiting La Longue Marche and Habitacle Rouge)

Dewasne, North Jutland Art Museum, Aalborg, Denmark

Dewasne, Galleria d’arte Beniamino, San Remo, Italy

Dewasne, Museo de Arte Moderno Jesús Soto, Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela: permanent installaton of a mural painting

Dewasne, Galerie Artel, Geneva, Switzerland

1973    

Dewasne, Galerie Françoise Tournié, Paris, France

1972  

Jean Dewasne, Lefevre Gallery, New York, USA

1971   

Dewasne, Galerie Creuzevault, Paris, France (the mural painting Habitacle Mythia is exhibited on the four walls of the exhibition room)

1970   

Dewasne, Musée Modern Museum, Brussels, Belgium

Peintures murales de Jean Dewasne, Centre Culturel, Bobigny, France

Dewasne 70, Musée d’Art Moderne de Grenoble, Grenoble, France

1969   

Dewasne: La Longue Marche, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium

Dewasne: La Longue Marche, ARC, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France

1968   

Represents France at the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

1967–68  

Dewasne, set of monumental paintings commissioned by the Ministère de la Jeunesse et des Sports and the City of Grenoble, Musée des  Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France. These works were installed in the Stade de Glace (ice skating rink) in Grenoble for the opening of the Olympic Games.

1966   

Rétrospective Dewasne, Kunsthalle, Bern, Switzerland

1965   

Dewasne, Galleria La Polena,Genova, Italy

1963   

Dewasne, Galerie Hybler, Copenhagen, Denmark

Jean Dewasne baroque, Galerie Cordier, Paris, France

1962   

Dewasne, Cordier & Ekstrom Gallery, New York, USA

1961   

Jean Dewasne, Galleria Lorenzelli, Milan, Italy

1959   

Dewasne, Reflection on Abstract Art, lecture at the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium

1958   

Dewasne, Galleria d’arte del Grattacielo, Milan, Italy

1957   

Galerie Daniel Cordier, Paris, France

1955   

Dewasne, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium

1954   

Galeria Moncloa, Lima, Peru

1949   

Arne Brunn Rasmussen Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

1941   

Galerie Jacquet, Galerie l’Esquisse, Quai des Orfèvres, Paris, France

 

GROUP SHOWS (SELECTION)

 

2008

Musée Ingres, Montauban, France 

1991    

Rétrospective – 50 ans de Réflexion en Art contemporain à Noroit, Centre Culturel Noroit, Arras, France, also exhibited at Le Touquet, at Air-sur-la-Lys and Wizernes

1990    

Donation Daniel Cordier, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France: The Centre Georges Pompidou receives Prométhée from the collector and gallery owner Daniel Cordier, a series of ten gouaches from the Olympic Games in 1968, and a painting dated 1945 from the artist

Art dans le métro, Centre Georges Pompidou: Dewasne exhibits works from the ‘Underground’ series, related to the Hanover underground train system

2000 ans de peintre, de Pompei à la Grande Arche, Bibliothèque Forney, Hôtel de Sens, Paris, Dewasne exhibits four studies for La Grande Arche

At the Chicago Art Fair, Galerie 44 from Kaarst (Germany) devotes a solo exhibition to Dewasne’s Antiscultures paintings

Venice Biennale, Dewasne exhibits Tombeau d’Anton Webern (1951)

1989    

Années 50, Paris, Dewasne exhibits Apothéose de Marat, La Joie de vivre and Prométhée

1988–89   

Grands travaux du Président, travelling exhibiton: New York, USA; Tokyo, Japan; Osaka, Japan; Seoul, Corea; Copenhagen, Denmark; Paris, France: Dewasne exhibits his models for La Grande Arche for La Défense in Paris

1984    

Un art autre – un autre art, Galerie Artcurial, Paris, France

Un Musée : des chefs-d'œuvres,Musée d'art moderne de Liège au Centre culturel Wallonie-Bruxelles, Paris, France

1981    

Paris – Paris, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France: Dewasne exhibits L’Apothéose de Marat, in the École de Paris in the same centre

1978    

Trois Villes – Trois Collections, CNAC, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

1977    

Gröningen, 14 Antisculptures, Copenhagen, Denmark

Opening of the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France: Dewasne exhibits Tombeau d’Anton Webern

1972    

12 ans d’Art Contemporain en France, Grand Palais, Paris, France

The São Paulo Art Biennial

Exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

1970    

Art et Architecture, bilan et problèmes du 1%, Halles de Baltard, Paris, France

1968    

Represents France at the Venice Biennale, Italy: three mural paintings and the Antisculptures Gisants

1964    

Galerie Daniel Cordier, Paris

1956    

Dewasne – Dubuffet – Matta, Galerie Daniel Cordier, Paris

1952    

Represents France at the Venice Biennale, Italy

1944    

Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, Paris, France

Salon des Indépendants, Paris, France

Salon d’Automne, Paris, France

Grands et Jeunes d’Aujourd’hui, Paris, France

Salon de Mai, Paris, France

Linien, Copenhagen, Denmark

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

 

MOMA, New York, USA

Centre Pompidou, France

Musée de Cambrai, France

Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France

National Gallery of Denmark, Danemark

LAAC Dunkerque, France

Musée départemental Matisse, France

Statens Museum Copenhague, Danemark

CNAP-FNAC, France

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