Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris
25 March - 17 July 2011
11 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris
+33 1 53 67 40 00


The Musée d’Art Moderne is offering a fresh appreciation of Kees Van Dongen (1877–1968), the dazzling, disconcerting painter who made his reputation in Paris in the 1920s. This is a comprehensive look at a multifaceted personality: the socially-conscious Dutchman ever ready to caricature and denounce, the avant-garde artist and iconic Fauve, and one of the Roaring Twenties' leading figures on the trendy Paris scene.

Twenty years after "Van Dongen: the Painter", the retrospective organised in conjunction with the Boijmans Museum in 1990, this exhibition centres on the success that came with his Paris period. The latest research and exhibitions have given us a clearer idea of the inventiveness and artistic strategy of a painter who dazzles with his discoveries while disconcerting with the diversity of his subject-matter.

Van Dongen's success – akin to that of Foujita – and his involvement with the avant-garde made him a special kind of artist, whose verve and freedom still fascinate.

The exhibition comprises some 90 paintings and drawings, together with ceramics, dating from 1895 to the early 1930s.