Exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris

Major exhibitions scheduled by the Centre Pompidou - Musée national d'art moderne

Shirley Jaffe. An American Woman in Paris

From 20 April to 29 August 2022

All Together, oeuvre de Shirley Jaffe

The Centre Pompidou pays tribute to the American artist Shirley Jaffe, a Parisian at heart. A unique retrospective of a major painter of abstract art with the many works that had remained with her until her death in 2016, on the eve of her 93rd birthday.

Born in New Jersey, she studied at Cooper Union in New York, before moving to Paris in 1949 with her husband of the time, Irving Jaffe, the White House correspondent for Agence France-Presse. In Paris, Shirley Jaffe mixed with Jules Olitski, Norman Bluhm, Jean-Paul Riopelle, and Sam Francis. Her first personal exhibition in 1956 followed the trend of Abstract Expressionism but in 1963, after her stay in Berlin, her style changed greatly. She rented Louise Bourgeois's studio in the same street as Joan Mitchell. And in 1969 she moved to the Rue Saint-Victor in the 5th arrondissement, where she remained until her death.

Like Kandinsky before her, one of her acknowledged masters, the painter moved from a gestural painting to a more geometric, contoured painting style to bring ever greater tension to her artistic experience. For the first time, Shirley Jaffe, who never accepted the label of a leader, has been given a retrospective exhibition that reflects her virtuoso and colourful work.

Opening times: from 11am to 9pm. Closed on Tuesday.

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The Centre Pompidou, centre of art and culture

Centre Pompidou © Amélie Dupont - Architecte : Renzo Piano et Richard Rogers

Less than forty years old, but already an icon! Opened in 1977, the Centre Pompidou, often referred to as Beaubourg by Parisians, has become one of the liveliest and most visited attractions in the city. It’s a museum of course, but also a library, a place full of life, and with its multicoloured exterior designed by Renzo Piano, a unique monument in the heart of Paris. Six floors, unusual architecture and a view of the whole of Paris, which visitors love.

With nearly 100,000 works to its name, the Centre Pompidou displays impressive artistic heritage with masterpieces by Picasso, Kandinsky, Chagall, Matisse, Léger … But also numerous contemporary artworks: Boltanski, Buren, Hantai … Ever since it first opened, the Pompidou Centre has also hosted first-class temporary exhibitions of modern and contemporary art.

Following its policy of making art accessible to all, it has opened another site in Metz, with both the building and the programme in line with the original in Paris!

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From 11am to 9pm or from 11am to 11pm. Closed Tuesday.


Place Georges Pompidou, Paris 4th

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