Book Art from the School of Paris, 1931-1945
March 7 - May 3, 1998
In conjunction with the Virginia Festival of the Book, March 19-22, the
museum will display works by members of the School of Paris--Pablo Picasso,
Henri Matisse, Andre Masson, and others--whose prints explored and enriched
texts by such noted writers as Stephane Mallarmé, Honore de Balzac,
and Georges Bataille. In the nineteenth century, MallarmÈ was notorious
for stating that some day all existence would become part of a book--an
all-inclusive harmony of word and image, the physical and the spiritual.
The title of the exhibition was inspired by Matisse's suggestion that the
visual music of the etched line emerges from the white depths of the paper,
as if beauty were created out of nothingness. Organized by Stephen Margulies,
curator of works on paper, the exhibition includes books on loan from the
Special Collections Department of Alderman Library.
Panel Discussion and Poetry Reading
Monday, March 23, 5:00 pm; panel begins at 5:30 pm, in the Museum
Moderated by exhibition curator Stephen Margulies, the panel includes
poets and scholars--Matthew Affron, Art Department; Stephen Cushman, English
Department; and Claire Lyu, French Department. Come early to view the exhibition
and bring a poem to read (your own or one by Mallarme, Apollinaire, or
another French poet).