EXHIBITION Henry DARGER

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Henry Darger, 'Statues strangling children'.  © Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris/ Photo Roger-Viollet - Adagp Paris.

Henry Darger, ‘Statues strangling children’. © Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris/ Photo Roger-Viollet – Adagp Paris.

Until 11th October at the Museum of Modern Art of Paris (Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, MAM)

The Museum of Modern Art of Paris presents, until the 11th of October, a body of works by American artist Henry Darger (1892-1973), making the spectator oscillate between enchantment and repulsion. A marginalized figure, the self-taught artist Darger remained throughout his life withdrawn from the art world. Nowadays he has become a key figure of art brut, with his work having influenced some notorious contemporary artists such as the Chapman brothers.

 

Henry Darger, extrait : À Cedernine sont de nouveau menacées par des incendies de forêt. Reports au papier carbone, crayon graphite, aquarelle et gouache sur papier vélin. Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris © Eric Emo / Musée d'Art moderne / Roger-Viollet © 2015 Kiyoko Lerner / ADAGP, Paris

Henry Darger, extrait : À Cedernine sont de nouveau menacées par des incendies de forêt.
Reports au papier carbone, crayon graphite, aquarelle et gouache sur papier vélin. Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
© Eric Emo / Musée d’Art moderne / Roger-Viollet
© 2015 Kiyoko Lerner / ADAGP, Paris

IN 1972, a few months before his death, Darger’s roommate, the New York Times photographer Nathan Lerner, made an incredible discovery: he unearthed more than 15.000 sheets of paper revealing a breath-taking imaginary world populated by little girls nicknamed the Vivian Girls, a combination of mythology, fiction and American popular culture.

45 OF those works have recently become part of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art and are, for the first time, on display. It is very recommended to have seen – at least once – the works from the series The Story of the Vivian Girls in the Realms of the Unreal, however, the viewer is advised to be well prepared before entering the artist’s universe of innocence paired with terror and violence.

Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris 

 

Henry Darger, 'Second battle of McAllister Run they are pursued' (détail), 1910-1970 © Musée d'Art Moderne / Roger-Viollet

Henry Darger, ‘Second battle of McAllister Run they are pursued’ (détail), 1910-1970 © Musée d’Art Moderne / Roger-Viollet

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  1. Simon Chulz   •  

    This exhibition is on my list, Darger is an unsavoury character

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