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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Beauford and France's Modern Art Museum

From his first days in Paris, Beauford found artistic inspiration at the Musée National d'Art Moderne - France's modern art museum.

He first visited the museum in Autumn 1953, when he saw a memorial show of Raoul Dufy's work.

Detail of poster advertising Raoul Dufy exhibition

One of his first exhibitions was held at the museum during the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, a major, annual exhibition of abstract art that was established in 1947 and hosted by the museum through 1969. Beauford contributed works to the Salons held in 1954, 1960, and 1963.

Additionally, Beauford saw the Joan Miró exhibition at the museum in 1962

Cover of Joan Miró e-book from
June - November 1962 exhibition at
Musée National d'Art Moderne
Screenshot from Dailymotion video

and took a course on modern art featuring Braque, Picasso, and Vlaminck there in 1967.

During this time, the Musée d'Art Moderne was located in the west wing of what is now called the Palais de Tokyo on avenue du Président Wilson in the 16th arrondissement. The City of Paris has had its own Musée d'Art Moderne, which is located in the east wing of this building, since 1961.

Palais de Tokyo
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
(view from Avenue de New York)
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The national museum moved to the Pompidou Center in 1977, leaving the west wing of the Palais de Tokyo to be occupied by multiple inhabitants over the decades. It now houses a contemporary art center.

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