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From April to July 2019, and at the occasion of Choices Paris Gallery Weekend, Galerie Le Minotaure and Alain Le Gaillard are preparing an important exhibition on the biomorphism in art of the first half of the 20th century.
The term biomorphism comes from the Greek words: «bios» - life, and «morphè» the form; it appears on the first version of Alfred Barr’s schema proposing the origins and evolution of abstract art. It is a «trans-movement» trend that we can identify by irregular shapes with soft contours, physical as well as psychic associations . This trend - a single «ism» never theorized or claimed by any organized movement - somehow counterbalances the arrival of geometric abstraction in the 1920s. This notion and its materialization then develops in the 1930s, in almost all currents and artistic fields existing at the time from geometric abstract art (Auguste Herbin) to surrealism (Salvador Dali, Yves Tanguy, Andre Masson, Oscar Dominguez, Man Ray). Among his pioneers we count: Jean Arp, Juan Miro and Fernand Léger. From 1932, the movement Abstraction Creation will bring together a large part of artists who have flirted with biomorphism. Thus we are going to present major works - on different supports (paintings, works on paper, sculptures, photographs, etc) of Jean Arp, Leon Tutundjian, Juan Miro, Jean Helion, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Cesar Domela, Frantisek Kupka, Francis Picabia, Antonio Saura, Joaquin Torres -Garcia, Georges Valmier and many others. We will also try to present an overview of the development of this expression until after the war resulting in the lyrical or informal abstraction visible in the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles.
Galerie Le Minotaure, created in 2002, is situated Rue des Beaux-Arts, at the former address of the famous bookshop of Surrealists from whom it preserved its name.
Benoit Sapiro has been dedicating himself to rediscover Russian and Central Europe artists of the first half of the 20th Century for more than twenty years, with a constant and passionate action. The gallery has been promoting with the same involvement the avant-gardes of the XXth century, and the so-called “Ecole de Paris”. Through all those years, more than 50 exhibitions have been held, each time accompanied by important publications. The gallery has sustained its artists through a constant help to museum through its loans, as well as through its acquisitions. The gallery is present on several national and international fairs, like FIAC, Art Genève and TEFAF Maastricht.
Boris Aronson / Vladimir Baranoff-Rossiné / Étienne Béothy / Henryk Berlewi / Erwin Blumenfeld / Théodore Brauner / Carl Buchheister / Marc Chagall / Serge Charchoune / François D’Angiboult / Robert Delaunay / Sonia Delaunay / Walter Dexel / Pierre Dmitrienko / Alexandra Exter / Emil Filla / Georges Folmer / Frantisek Foltyn / Mikhail Grobman / George Grosz / Jean Hélion / Auguste Herbin / Jacques Herold / Adolf Hoffmeister / Vilmos Huszár / Dadoune Joseph / Bela Kadar / Lajos Kassak / Jiri Kolar / Ervand Kotchar / Franti Ek Kupka / André Lanskoy / André Lanskoy / Fernand Léger / El Lissitzky / Janos Mattis-Teutsch / Annette Messager / Jean Metzinger / László Moholy-Nagy / Pierre Molinier / Wolfgang Paalen / Vera Pagava / Georges Papazoff / Jules Pascin / Jean Pougny / Anton Prinner Judit Reigl / Alfred Reth / Hugo Scheiber / Kurt Schwitters / Edik Steinberg / Carl Strüwe / Léopold Survage / Karel Teige / Joaquín Torres-García / (Marie Cermínová) Toyen / Leon Tutundjian /Henry Valensi / Georges Valmier / Georges Vantongerloo / Marie Vassilieff / Kirill Zdanevitch