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Jean Hélion Exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris from March 22 to August 18, 2024


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Jean Hélion Exhibition

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Jean Hélion: The Man with the Red Cheek, oil on canvas © ADGP, Paris 2024


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Exposition Jean Hélion

At the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, from March 22nd to August 18th, 2024, the Jean Hélion Exhibition emerges as a must-see event for art enthusiasts and curious minds alike. Situated in the heart of Paris, at the prestigious address of 11 Avenue du Président Wilson, the museum is set to host a captivating retrospective dedicated to the work of Jean Hélion (1904-1987), an artist who left an indelible mark on the 20th century with his bold transition from abstraction to richly personal narrative figuration.

Jean Hélion, an iconic figure of modern art, seamlessly navigated through periods and artistic movements. From his early experiences in architecture to his involvement in geometric abstraction circles, Hélion crafted a complex and captivating body of work. The exhibition, "Jean Hélion, The Prose of the World," invites us to delve into the world of this intellectual painter whose oeuvre oscillates between abstraction and figuration, reflecting an incessant quest for renewal and meaning.

Featuring over 150 works, including 103 paintings and 50 drawings, as well as sketchbooks and abundant documentation, the exhibition provides a comprehensive perspective on Hélion's artistic evolution. Visitors will have the unique opportunity to discover seldom-seen works, underscoring the significance and singularity of the artist.

The pricing structure aims to be accessible to all, with full-price tickets at €15, reduced tickets at €13 for certain visitor categories, and free admission for those under 18. This underscores the museum's commitment to making culture and art accessible to everyone, encouraging younger generations to explore and draw inspiration from Jean Hélion's artistic legacy.

The museum's opening hours, from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm, with a late night opening until 9:30 pm on Thursdays, ensure that everyone can find a convenient time to visit the exhibition, whether for a weekday cultural break or an enriching weekend outing.

Upon entering the exhibition space, visitors embark on a journey through time and space, exploring Hélion's evolution from his early abstract influences, marked by encounters with key figures such as Piet Mondrian and Théo van Doesburg, to his immersion in narrative figuration. This transition, far from being a rupture, testifies to a continuity in his quest for expression and innovation.

The section dedicated to his stay in the United States in the 1930s reveals how Hélion became a cultural bridge between Europe and America, influencing the artistic landscape of his time. His involvement in the French Resistance and his post-war work are also highlighted, revealing a man whose art and life were deeply intertwined.

The exhibition also highlights Hélion's collaborations and friendships with intellectuals and artists of his time, such as Calder, Giacometti, and Duchamp, as well as his closeness with writers such as Francis Ponge and Raymond Queneau. These fruitful interactions are essential for understanding Hélion's work, not only as a painter but also as an active intellectual of his time.

The retrospective offers an audio-tactile tour, designed with the support of the EssilorLuxottica group, allowing for an even deeper immersion into the artist's universe. This initiative underscores the museum's commitment to making art accessible to all, including visitors with visual impairments, demonstrating a commitment to inclusivity and cultural sharing.

Finally, the publication of a catalogue under the direction of Sophie Krebs and Henry-Claude Cousseau, enriched with contributions from eminent researchers and art historians, provides a valuable resource for those wishing to extend their experience or delve further into Jean Hélion's work.

Visiting the Jean Hélion exhibition at the Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris is therefore embracing a unique opportunity to connect with a vibrant period in art history, through the prism of an artist who remained true to his creative intuition throughout his career. It is an invitation to rediscover a pioneer of modern art, whose work continues to fascinate and inspire. Whether you are a seasoned art lover or simply curious, this exhibition promises a rewarding and memorable experience.


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Dive into the heart of a unique and unforgettable cultural experience by organizing a group visit to the Jean Hélion exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris. Whether you're an association, a company, a school, or a group of art enthusiasts, this retrospective offers a perfect opportunity to explore together the fascinating universe of Jean Hélion, an iconic figure of modern art.


11 Avenue du Président Wilson
75116 Paris
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Alma-George V, 19 Avenue George V - 75008 Paris
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Common questions

When is the Jean Hélion exhibition taking place?

The exhibition is open from March 22nd to August 18th, 2024.

What does the Jean Hélion exhibition showcase?

It presents a retrospective of Jean Hélion's work, featuring over 150 pieces spanning his periods of abstraction and narrative figuration.

Why should I visit the Jean Hélion exhibition?

It's a unique opportunity to explore the evolution of one of the pioneers of abstraction in the 20th century and his influence on narrative figuration, through a rich and rarely presented collection.

Where is the Museum of Modern Art in Paris located?

The museum is located at 11 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris.

How do I get to the museum by metro?

The museum is accessible via Line 9 of the metro, at the Iéna station.

What is the full price entry fee for the Jean Hélion exhibition?

The full price entry fee is €15.

What are the museum's opening hours?

The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm, with late night opening on Thursdays until 9:30 pm.

Is the Museum of Modern Art in Paris open every day?

No, the museum is closed on Mondays.

Can tickets be purchased on-site or should they be reserved in advance?

Tickets can be purchased on-site, but it's recommended to reserve in advance to guarantee your entry. Once your reservation is made, you will be asked to choose a visit time quickly and easily.

Is there a guide or audio guide available for the exhibition?

Yes, audio guides are available to enhance your exhibition visit.

Is the exhibition accessible to people with reduced mobility?

Yes, the museum and exhibition are fully accessible to people with reduced mobility.

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