Collioure – Babel of the Arts (1905 – 1945

Collioure – Babel of the Arts (1905 – 1945

This is the theme that the Musée d’Art Moderne de Collioure has chosen for the exhibition which will take place from June 11th (see details below).

From the beginning of the 20th century, this small Catalan fishing port exerted a strong attraction on painters, Matisse and Derain, to name a few, amongst the most famous French artists. 

But the purpose of this exhibition is to show the works of foreign painters, who for various reasons (haven of peace or refuge from war) stayed in Collioure.

Enchanted by the beauty of the area they painted the landscapes and the light of the Vermeille coast.

The first came from Germany (Hans Purrmann and later Max Birrer, Otto Abt, Walter Bodmer and Walter Kurt Wiemken, then finally Otto Freundlich and Jeanne Kosnick-Kloss).

Then  from Poland (Leopold Survage, Jean Peské who created the Museum, Mela Muter and Anta Rupflin), from Russia (Valentine Prax and Ossip Zadkine) or from Japan (Foujita).

Finally the Catalan painter Virgilio Vallmajó at the time of the Retirada.For us a special place is reserved for two British artists,

Rudolph Ihlee and Edgar Hereford who stayed in Collioure for a long time in the 1920s. Friends of the Mackintosh, they are the origin of their stay in France.

Finally, you will not fail to come and admire two watercolors by Charles Rennie Mackintosh who stayed in Port-Vendres from 1925 to the end of 1927 and painted in Port-Vendres and Mont-Louis.

Médiathèque de Collioure Photo FT 07062022

During the week following the opening of the exhibition, to accompany the discovery of the exhibited works,

there will be a cycle of conferences which will take place at the Collioure media library at 6 p.m. each evening

  • Monday June : this conferecne is canceled Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh: the eclipsed artist – By Clara and Paul Silber, actors and active members of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Association in Roussillon
  • Tuesday, June 14 at 6 p.m. : Mela Muter and other Polish artists in Collioure: the Slavic soul at work? By Ewa Bobrowska, independent scholar of Polish art history, and Terra Foundation for American Art        
  • Wednesday, June 15 at 6 p.m. : Rudolph Ihlee, The forgotten artist of Collioure -by James Trollope, writer        
  • Thursday, June 16 at 6 p.m.: Otto Freundlich and Jeanne Kosnick-Kloss, the years of exile – by Claire Muchir, director of the modern art museum of Collioure·        
  • Friday, June 17 at 6 p.m.: James Dickson Innes on the Vermilion Coast (1908-1913) – by Richard Gwyn, writer and professor of English literature at Cardiff University, Wales

Practicalities :

– Exhibition from June 11 to October 2, 2022

– Opening hours: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. / 2 p.m.-6 p.m.- Contact: +33 (0)4 30 44 05 46-

-Location: Museum of Modern Art – Villa Pams, route de Port-Vendres – 66 190 COLLIOURE

– Prices: €3 / €2 (reduced price)

Musée de Collioure photo FT 07 06 2022

The exteriors of the Museum of Modern Art of Collioure in some photos in its green setting. Photo FT on 07062022.

This charming museum is housed in the villa of former Senator Gaston Pams.

It was created by the painter Jean Peské in 1933.

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