Apollinaire and the “Exotic” Arts

Lecture-reading

Actors from the National Drama Centre Les Tréteaux de France, directed by Robin Renucci, join forces with university students, all Apollinaire specialists, to explore the links between the poet and the art world in all its forms.

Apollinaire and the “Exotic” Arts
When visiting artists’ studios, Apollinaire never failed to highlight the presence of the "fetishes" with which Picasso, Matisse and Archipenko liked to surround themselves. Apollinaire himself was inspired by the expressive force of objects from Africa and was one of the first to contribute to making these non-western artworks better known and appreciated. This lecture will return to the poet’s links to the generation of "Primitivist" artists, his collection of African works, and to his links with the "Primitive" art market and the museums.

Maureen Murphy, art historian, Senior lecturer at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne