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After Cubism: Modern Art in Paris, 1918–1948


Circus (Le Cirque) from Jazz by Henry Matisse (1947) - Detroit Institute of Arts

Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI, 48202

August 18, 2023 - January 7, 2024


The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) presents a wide-ranging exhibition that explores the changing landscape of modern art in Paris in the years after World War I called “After Cubism: Modern Art in Paris, 1918-1948.”

In November 1918, just days after the declaration of Armistice and the end of World War I, artists Amédée Ozenfant and Charles-Édouard Jeanneret (later known as Le Corbusier) published their manifesto, Aprés le cubisme (After Cubism).

This exhibition from the Detroit Institute of Arts’ permanent collection explores what happened “after cubism,” primarily in prints, drawings, and photographs created in France between the years 1918 and 1948. The artistic styles ranged from ever-evolving derivations of cubism, to a renewed classicism, to surrealism, and beyond.

Until the beginning of World War II in 1939, Paris remained the international center of the art world, drawing artists from North and South America and throughout Europe. Highlights of the exhibition includes drawings and prints by Marc Chagall, Le Corbusier, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Diego Rivera, a newly acquired painting by Archibald Motley Jr., and photographs by Ilse Bing, Brassaï, and Claude Cahun.

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The Detroit Institute of Arts

The Detroit Institute of Arts strives to be the town square of our community, a gathering place for everybody and create experiences that help each visitor find personal meaning with the art, individually, and with each other.

Founded in 1885, the museum was originally located on Jefferson Avenue, but, due to its rapidly expanding collection, moved to the current site on Woodward Avenue in 1927. The Beaux-Arts building, designed by Paul Cret, was immediately referred to as the “temple of art.”

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