In 1944, gallerist Denise René opened her namesake gallery in Paris. With profound insight, she endeavoured to present works by international artists in France at a time when such global exchange was not as pronounced as it is today. Since René’s passing in 2012, Galerie Denise René continues to showcase riveting examples of abstract art, Op art, and kinetic art by modern and contemporary artists.Read More
Galerie Denise René Artists
Galerie Denise René’s collection includes works by some of the most significant artists of the 20th century, among them the Dadaists Jean Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp; the pioneering artist and educator Josef Albers; architect Le Corbusier; and Victor Vasarely, who is credited as the grandfather of the Op art movement. The gallery has paved the way for exhibiting Latin American artists since the 1950s, many of whose works engage with Op art and kinetic art, including; Cícero Dias; Hugo Demarco; Carlos Cruz-Diez; Julio Le Parc; Jesús Rafael Soto; and Luis Tomasello.
Galerie Denise René also represents younger generations of international artists such as Anne Blanchet; Equipo 57; Knopp Ferro; Emanuela Fiorelli; Karl Gerstner; and Martina Kramer.
Galerie Denise René Exhibitions and Fairs
Under René’s leadership, Galerie Denise René organised the first solo exhibition of Piet Mondrian in Paris in 1957. Other signficant historical exhibitions include Klar Form (1951)–a touring exhibition that showed works of major players in abstract art such as Jean Arp, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Le Corbusier, Fernand Léger –and Le Mouvement (1955), which brought together works by Yaacov Agam, Pol Bury, Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp, Jean Tinguely, Jesús Rafael Soto, and Victor Vasarely among others.
The gallery is a regular presence at international art fairs including Art Basel; Art Brussels; Art Genève; and ARCO Madrid.
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