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New display : « Hans Hartung - Documenting the works, 1971-1975 »


The new installation in the Hans Hartung studio space presents an array of resources documenting the artist’s work and its reception by his contemporaries. Using works from the first half of the 1970s, together with archival documents and photographs, this presentation highlights the first years of work in Antibes in his newly built home. 

Hartung’s creative process was immortalized in photojournalism and films throughout his career. In 1974, in particular, he received the photographer François Walch in his Antibes studio. The latter attended work sessions on May 31 and June 1. The present exhibition displays all the works produced on the day of June 1, together with François Walch’s photographs. The latter show us the artist’s work methods: his tools, his gestures on the canvas, the way the studio space was filled … Precious documents for a closer approach to the act of painting, putting into perspective the artist’s movement between painting and graphic art.

This exhibition is also an opportunity to foreground the exceptional archives of the Fondation Hartung-Bergman. Press clippings, catalogs, correspondence, and photographs show a selection of works from the early 1970s under the prism of their reception: how did contemporaries view these paintings? Presented in two similarly oriented exhibitions, one at the Galerie de France in Paris in 1974, the other at the Metropolitan Museum in New York in 1975, these canvases were not greeted in the same way on the two continents. The story of their reception, through archival documents, thus provides a new view of these works.

Finally, the exhibition tells the story, through this selection of works, of the first years in Antibes. Hans Hartung and Anna-Eva Bergman moved into “Le Champs des Oliviers” in 1973, after six years of construction. Built according to the couple’s designs, it allowed each of them a spacious studio in which to give creativity free rein. Hartung would multiply tools, techniques, and media, going from canvas to sketch to engraving, and even ceramic. While the world celebrated his seventieth birthday and his place as the father of gestural abstraction, Hartung continued to reinvent himself.


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