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Support the Roman Cieslewicz : image factory exhibition

May 2018 – September 2018

Affiche réalisée pour Amnesty International, 1975
© DR

From May 3 through September 23 2018, MAD offers you the chance to discover a key figure in the history of graphic design : Roman Cieslewicz. This exhibition, curated by Amélie Gastaut, will be the occasion to show the impressive trajectory and works of this artist in the Advertising Gallery. Cieslewicz found inspiration in many different disciplines : politics, the press, fashion and advertising among them. The Gallery will enable the audience to view his various striking photomontages and collages, which will be put in dialogue with yet unseen iconographic archives.

“La chute”, affiche publicitaire pour Charles Jourdan, 1982
© DR

If great museums have already paid tribute to Roman Cieslewicz, the exhibition at MAD will explore his artistic process through a chronological approach of his work which will also shed light on his many recurrent graphic themes: circles, Dada, Solidarność, hands, the Mona Lisa...

Roman Cieslewicz’s archives are the reflection of the man he was. They depict his main interests, his multiple inspirations and his ties with Topor, Arrabal, Depardon and other great artists, who were also his friends. Beyond graphic innovation, his work is that of an acute witness of the political and cultural turmoils of his time.


Support the Japan & Japonisms: 150 years of artistic resonance between France and Japan exhibition

Novembre 2018 – March 2019

Japon, Jinbaori
Soie. Inv. 28812
© Photo MAD, Paris / Jean Tholance

Since its founding in 1864, MAD has been one of the great emissaries of Japanese art in France. In 1869, the Musée Oriental, organized under its aegis, was the first major exhibition of Asian and particularly Japanese art. The museum’s missions from the outset have been to preserve and exhibit the finest examples of Western and Eastern decorative arts, but also to inspire contemporary creators by their formal and ornamental repertoires and train them in their techniques. Beginning with the remarkable cross-disciplinary phenomenon known as Japonism, the Japanese arts and crafts have revitalized Western creation since the second half of the 19th century, inspiring 20th century European avant-gardes and shaping the foundations of artistic and decorative modernism.

Sori Yanagi, tabouret Butterfly, 1954
Multipli moulé à haute fréquence, laiton. Inv. 53173
© Photo MAD, Paris / Jean Tholance

On the occasion of the Japonismes 2018: Souls in resonance French-Japanese cultural season, and to mark the 150th anniversary of the advent of the Meiji era, the museum wishes to pay tribute to Japan’s unique and continuous influence on its Japanese art collections, but also to highlight works illustrating the reciprocal influences between these two great artistic nations since the late 19th century. This exhibition, conceived in partnership with the Japan Foundation and with a signature scenography by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, is a unique opportunity to show a selection of the museum’s collection of some 10,000 Japanese objets d’art with, in counterpoint, Western works created in their wake.

The exhibition, which will take over the Fashion & Textile Galleries as well as the Advertising Gallery on a total surface of 2,000m2, will explore five themes in order to reveal the mutual influences between the Japanese works shown and the Western pieces : Actors of Discovery, Nature, Time, Movement and Innovation. Ancient, modern and contemporary fashion, design, jewelry, furniture and graphic arts will enlighten the audience on the exceptional dialogue between French and Japanese aesthetic traditions and innovations.