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  • Esprit Montmartre. Die Bohème in Paris um 1900, Ausstellungsansicht © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2014 Foto: Norbert Miguletz
  • Esprit Montmartre. Die Bohème in Paris um 1900, Ausstellungsansicht © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2014 Foto: Norbert Miguletz
  • Esprit Montmartre. Die Bohème in Paris um 1900, Ausstellungsansicht © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2014 Foto: Norbert Miguletz
  • Esprit Montmartre. Die Bohème in Paris um 1900, Ausstellungsansicht © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2014 Foto: Norbert Miguletz
  • Esprit Montmartre. Die Bohème in Paris um 1900, Ausstellungsansicht © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2014 Foto: Norbert Miguletz

ESPRIT MONTMARTRE. Bohemian Life in Paris around 1900

7 FEBRUARY – 1 JUNE 2014

A notorious district in Paris’s 18th arrondissement held special appeal for a number of the most well-known modern artists: Montmartre. “The quarter resembles a huge studio,” a contemporary critic wrote in the 1890s about the hill on what was then the city’s outskirts. Having preserved its original rural flair, it represented a counter-world to the mundane Paris of the “belle époque.” The SCHIRN exhibition has set out to convey a sense of the special Montmartre atmosphere. More than two hundred works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Suzanne Valadon, Edgar Degas and others will lure visitors into the milieu of the Parisian “bohème” around the turn of the century. Historical photographs and numerous posters and prints will shed light on further facets of one of the most colorful chapters in the history of art, but also one with which countless clichés are associated: the frivolous can-can girls in the Moulin Rouge, sumptuous coffeehouse scenes, or the penniless artist who indulges in alcohol, sleeps until noon and turns night into day. Yet to reduce Montmartre to these familiar images means to overlook the realism with which the artists recorded everyday life there. They were people who had consciously chosen to dissociate themselves outwardly from the bourgeoisie by embarking on lives as poor bohemians on the fringe of society. Their striking portraits of outsiders, thieves, beggars, street artists, prostitutes and drinkers mirrored their new perception of themselves. The exhibition will investigate the sociological circumstances of the period in question and its new definition of the role of the artist.

Curator: Dr. Ingrid Pfeiffer (SCHIRN)

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SPONSORED BY
AMUNDI

MEDIA PARTNERS
FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG
SCHOLZ & VOLKMER
ACHT
JOURNAL FRANKFURT
VGF

CULTURAL PARTNER
HR2

MOBILITY PARTNER
DEUTSCHE BAHN

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Esprit Montmartre

An introduction to the exhibition

7,50 € / 1 € / 1 € for school classes*

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Esprit Montmartre

This booklet presents the key works and theses of the exhibition and explains them in context with history, art and society.
Edited by Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt. 
Text: Laura Heeg and Antje Lindner
Graphic design: Formfellows, Frankfurt am Main
Brochure, 40 pages, 28 illustrations

German edition

* school classes (more than 15 pupils) can buy the booklet for 1 € at the SCHIRN during the exhibition duration.

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Esprit Montmartre

Phenomenon Bohème

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Esprit Montmartre

The Montmartre, however, was considered a microcosm for artistic self-perception that first found literary expression in Henry Murger’s novel Scènes de la vie de Bohème (1847–1849). The neighborhood soon attracted numerous artists who deliberately chose a bohemian life in impoverished circumstances on the margins of society – even though they often came from wealthy homes. Their new identity as voluntarily-involuntary outsiders was mirrored especially realistically and impressively in their art. The publication – by viewing the bohemian world on Montmartre from an art-sociological perspective and taking the social and historical contexts into account – clearly reveals how remarkably the myth and legend of the quarter differed from its reality. ‘Esprit Montmartre’ shows the true life of its inhabitants far from the usual clichés. The artists’ works are moving, sensual, and rousing, and their subjects and pictorial ideas, materials, and stylistic solutions essentially anticipated the artistic developments of Modernism.

Esprit Montmartre. Bohemian Life in Paris around 1900
Edited by Ingrid Pfeiffer and Max Hollein. With a foreword by Max Hollein and essays by Nienke Bakker, Markus A. Castor, Phillip D. Cate, Danièle Devynck, Anita Hopmans, Peter Kropmanns, Chloë Langlais, Vinyet Panyella, Robert McD. Parker, and Ingrid Pfeiffer, as well as biographies of the artists and a historical map with addresses of studios, places of entertainment, galleries and so on by Michael Raeburn. English edition, 320 pages with ca. 320 color illustrations, 24 x 29 cm (vertical format), hard cover; graphic design Kühle und Mozer, Cologne; Hirmer Verlag, Munich, ISBN 978-3-978-3-7774-2197-1 (English), 34 euros (at Schirn), 49,80 euros (shop)

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