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Friday, June 24, 2011


"French Poetry and Prints"

Machida City Museum Of Graphic Arts

Nineteenth-century French poete maudits (accursed poets — poets who lived outside or rebelled against society), such as Charles Baudelaire, Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud and Comte de Lautreamont, have inspired numerous artists of various eras.

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"Jean Cocteau" by Arthur Rimbaud (1966) lithograph (C) ADAGP,PARIS & SPDA, TOKYO, 2011

This exhibition showcases etchings and prints of 20th-century artists, including Maurice Denis, Salvador Dali and Roberto Matta, who celebrated such French poetry. On show are around 180 works, including Matta's interpretation of Rimbaud's "Une Saison en Enfer" and a copy of de Lautreamont's "Les Chants de Maldoror," which inspired print works by Bernard Buffet as well as illustrations by Dali; till Aug. 7.

Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, (042) 726-2771, 4-28-1 Haramachida, Machida-shi; 15-min. walk from Machida Station, Odakyu or JR Yokohama lines. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥600. Closed Mon., July 19. hanga-museum.jp/exhibition/schedule/2011-9

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