Monaco, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco



The Dutch artist Kees Van Dongen played an important role as a portraitist during the Fauvist movement in the first 15 years of the twentieth century. Yet his relevance as an artist has often been overlooked, something that this retrospective aims to address. Organized by the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal and the Museu Picasso in Barcelona, it brings together more than 200 works, including paintings, drawings, ceramics and illustrations in books, many of which are being shown for the first time.

Born Cornelius Theodorus Marie Van Dongen in Delfthaven, an old part of Rotterdam, he moved to Paris in 1897, joining the Fauves a few years later. During the Montparnasse years, Van Dongen painted fashionable high-society women, which made him popular with the French bourgeoisie. His style of painting had repercussions abroad, and he exhibited with the Die Brücke expressionist group in Germany. Also included in the show are some of the artist's first works, which preceded Fauvism. Significantly, Van Dongen died in Monaco 40 years ago, and the city acquired many of his works.


June 25 through September 7, 2008
Nouveau Musée National de Monaco
Villa Paloma
56 boulevard du Jardin Exotique
98000 Monaco
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