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The Spirit of Montmartre and Modern Art, 1875 – 1910

October 17th, 2014 to September 13th, 2015

The Exhibition “The Spirit of Montmartre and Modern Art” invites you to discover the radical and anti-establishment philosophy of artists living and/or working in Montmartre at the turn of the XIXth century. Spotlighting the Incohérents, the Hydropathes, Fumisme, the Quat’z’Arts cabaret and the Vache Enragée processions, the exhibition presents the importance of Montmartre as the centre of the Parisian avant-garde. 200 archival items and 150 works of art from the Museum’s collection as well as from public and private collections, document the means of artistic expression of this vibrant period of art: visual puns, satire and caricature -developed often in the ephemeral media of posters-, journal and book illustrations, song sheets and shadow theatre productions. These documents depict Montmartre’s streets, cabarets, café-concerts, circus and theaters,  all of which played an important part in the artistic life of the Butte.
“The Spirit of Montmartre and Modern Art, 1875 – 1910” will be displayed in the Hôtel Demarne, as the inaugural exhibition of this new space.