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Friday, May 20, 2011

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"Le Chat Noir: Entertainment, Art And Culture In Paris 1880-1910"

Itami City Museum of Art


By TOMOKO HORI

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"Poster for Compagnie Du Chat Noir" (1896) by Theophile-Alexandle Steinlen. HOKKAIDO OBIHIRO MUSEUM OF ART

From the end of the 19th to the early 20th centuries, Paris went through two completely different periods: end-of-century decadence and the apolaustic Belle Epoque. In 1881, "Le Chat Noir" (French for "The Black Cat"), an entertainment house, opened in Montmartre, and it became a base for a group of rising artists called the "Incohérents."

Including around 200 works, this exhibition introduces the avant-garde art that was cultivated at Le Chat Noir, and includes paintings, posters and photographs of shadow plays staged at the cabaret; till June 5.

Itami City Museum of Art, (072) 772-7447; 2-5-20 Miyanomae, Itami-shi; 9-min. walk east of Itami Station, Hankyu Itami Line, or 6-min. walk northwest of JR Itami Station; 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; ¥700; closed Mon.; www.artmuseum-itami.jp.


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