Denise René

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Denise René (born Denise Bleibtreu; June 1913 – 9 July 2012) was a French art gallerist specializing in kinetic art and op art.[1]

Life and work[edit]

Denise René took as her guiding principle the idea that art must invent new paths in order to exist. The first exhibitions organised by René were in June 1945. She studied geometric abstraction and kinetic art. Her work has been championed by art historian Frank Popper.[2]

René showed modern art masters such as Max Ernst and Francis Picabia during her first five years of activity. Denise René developed different generations of abstract art by introducing to Paris the historical figures of the concrete avant-gardes of Eastern Europe while seeking historical antecedents like Marcel Duchamp. In 1955 she organized the exhibition Le Mouvement, which helped to popularize kinetic art. Following that show she exhibited works by Nicolas Schöffer, Yacov Agam, Jean Tinguely, Otto Piene, Jean Arp, Alexander Calder, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Jesús Rafael Soto, Victor Vasarely, Marino Di Teana, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Gregorio Vardanega, Pol Bury, Wen-Ying Tsai, Le Corbusier, Robert Delaunay, Nadir Afonso, Max Bill and Sonia Delaunay, among others.[3]

In 1957, she presented the first solo exhibition of Piet Mondrian in Paris. Aside from Paris, she had galleries in New York City (1971-1981) and Düsseldorf (1969) with Hans Mayer. In 2001, the Centre Georges Pompidou paid homage to her with an exhibition titled "Denise René, une galerie dans l'aventure de l'art abstrait. 1944-1978".[4]

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  1. ^ Singer, Reid. "Gallerist Denise René, Known as the "Pope of Abstraction" for Championing Op and Kinetic Art, is Dead at 99". Artinfo. Archived from the original on 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  2. ^ «L'homme moteur».Frank Popper, l’art cinétique et le GRAV "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-04. Retrieved 2012-07-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ She discreetely encouraged the other artists as Alberto Magnelli, Auguste Herbin, Dewasne, Maxa Meltis, Jacobsen and Mortensen.denise rené rive gauche
  4. ^ Denise René, l'intrépide - Une galerie dans l'aventure de l'art abstrait, 1944-1978 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-11-23. Retrieved 2012-07-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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