The exhibition Re-Voir Haiti [Seeing Haiti Anew] opens on November 19, 2014 and will be on view until February 15, 2015, at the Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées, South-East Gallery (entrance on Winston Churchill Avenue), Paris, France. The exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, installations, mobiles, and video, all attesting the cultural vitality of Haiti from the nineteenth century to the present. [Many thanks to Peter Jordens for the information below.]
Description: Haiti’s culture is abundant and her history is complex. Focusing on Haitian visual art from the 19th century to the present day, the exhibition takes an approach that is at once historical, social and cultural. Against a background of urban chaos and vigorous popular culture, this exploration aims to go beyond the archetypes of naïve and primitive painting and to transcend the restrictive magico-religious and exotic vision associated with Haitian art. With nearly 150 works, Re-Voir Haïti presents art free of any rigid framework, readily mingling poetry, magic, religion and political commitment through a diversity of forms, blurring the boundary between art and the street, between a world of forms and everyday life. The exhibition highlights the extraordinary wealth of artistic creation that has not ceased to flow in the heart of the tormented fate of the first black republic.
Re-Voir Haïti is organized by the Réunion des Musées Nationaux (RMN) – Grand Palais, with the support of the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation, under the aegis of the Fondation de France and the Bank of the Republic of Haiti. It is curated by Régine Cuzin, freelance curator, founder of the OCEA association, Paris, and Mireille Pérodin Jérôme, director of the Ateliers Jérôme, Port-au-Prince.
For more information, see http://www.grandpalais.fr/fr/evenement/haiti, http://www.grandpalais.fr/fr/re-voir-haiti, and http://haiti.blogs.liberation.fr/cooperation/2014/07/le-grand-palais-met-lart-haïtien-à-lhonneur.html