Curator: Sylvie Vincent, Suzy Louvet
Do you know Moly-Sabata? Under this pretty poetic name hides an elegant house located on the banks of the Rhône in Sablons in Isère. It is in this place apart, out of time, with real charm, that Albert Gleizes, one of the great figures of the artistic avant-garde of the 20th century, friend of Robert Delaunay, Fernand Léger, Francis Picabia or again Marcel Duchamp, founded his community of artists. From 1927, painters, musicians, writers, art critics, philosophers, weavers, potters responded to the invitation of the painter and theoretician of Cubism, creating a real artistic synergy. And among them, the one who will be the emblematic figure of this place: Anne Dangar, Australian painter turned potter. The thought of Gleizes advocating a return to the land and to craftsmanship, just like the cubist aesthetics of his work, bring residents together around the same community ideal: Moly-Sabata is a place of life that aims for self-sufficiency, a place of creation and education open to Sablons, its inhabitants and the territory. Having become an artists' residence, one of the oldest in France, Moly-Sabata still perpetuates today these same values of encounter, exchange and artistic emulation.
The exhibition was produced in partnership with the Albert Gleizes Foundation and the Moly-Sabata artist residency. It plunges the visitor into the intimacy of the community through a journey enriched with nearly one hundred and seventy works and photographic documents from the Kandinsky Library in Paris as well as from major French museums, including the Center Pompidou, the of Modern Art in Paris and the Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon.
The story of a place, a painter, a community, the Living Cubism exhibition at Moly-Sabata is an invitation to relive a unique and little-known artistic and human adventure and, fortunately, still very much alive!