« Djamel Tatah » - Monograph from 14 December 2013 to 16 March 2014



From December 14, 2013 to March 16, 2014, The Maeght Foundation presents an exhibition dedicated to the artist Djamel Tatah. This retrospective monograph is organized in collaboration with the Public Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Algiers (MAMA) and the Villa Medici in Rome. A selection of some fifty works (46 paintings including some very large-scale polyptychs and a set of prints) allows us to discover his work since the late 1980s. Djamel Tatah has built a silent and inhabited universe that has made him one of the major artists of the representation of the human figure at the moment when he has reached maturity.



Djamel Tatah was born in 1959 in Saint-Chamond in the Loire. During his studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Saint-Etienne (1981-1986), he discovers many affinities with American abstract painting of the 1940s-1950s, English and German painting of the 1950s-1970s as well as Arte Povera.


His early paintings represent figures in a unique way on colored backgrounds where successive layers reveal the brushstrokes. With a few exceptions, he chooses not to name these works so the viewer is not brought into an explicit narrative or documentary interpretation.

In 1989, he moved to Marseille where he develops an important part of his creative method. Later on, he combines the ancient technique of wax painting and photography, and then digital technology in 1994. He stages his life-size human figures, without ground line, in colorful and geometric spaces that accentuate the search for uniformity of the layout to make the paint surfaces come alive.

Figures and backgrounds appear as two inseparable elements connected in parallel by the superposition of juice color. A tense dialogue occurs between these intense, vibrant spaces and the figures that are stripped of any expression; solitary, discreet, head-on.

In 1996, his use of the traditional chassis (replacing the salvaged wood used until this point) makes it easier to produce large-scale works on themes that are implicitly drawn: urban life, war, demise, sleep. This is an opportunity for the artist to create specific paintings in which the same figure is reproduced more than a dozen times. Repetition has emerged as a way to experiment with an abstract representation of modern man. In a more sustained way, abstraction monopolizes reality; not to take away the representation but to give it more body and presence.

The artist has had exhibitions, most notably, at the Eric Dupont gallery, the Liliane and Michel Durand-Dessert gallery in 1999 and at the Kamel Mennour gallery in 2006 and 2008. Numerous solo and group exhibitions have punctuated his career: at the Art Center of Salamanca (2002), the Museum of Grenoble (2004), MAC Lyon and Canton Museum (2005), the Centre Pompidou (2006), Contemporary Art Center Le Parvis in Tarbes (2007), the Triennale "La Force de l'Art", the Grand Palais (2008), the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nantes (2008), the MAMAC Nice (2009), the Macval, the Villa Medici, the Contemporary Art Center " Le Creux de l’Enfer " in Thiers (2010), the Château de Chambord, the National Centre for the History of Immigration (2011), the Lambert Collection in Avignon, the Bernard Magrez Institute in Bordeaux, the Von der Heydt Kunsthalle Wuppertal, Germany (2012) and the Friche de la Belle de Mai in Marseille (2013). After his solo exhibitions at the MAMA in Algiers in the autumn and at the Maeght Foundation from December 14, 2013 to March 16, 2014, the artist will present a series of recent paintings at the Musée d'Art Moderne in Saint-Etienne in June 2014 .


The exhibition catalog includes texts by Eric de Chassey, director of the French Academy in Rome - Villa Medici, Mustapha Orif, Director General of the AARC, Mohammed Djehiche, director of the MAMA, Ashok Adicéam, Director of the Bernard Magrez Cultural Institute, Carolina Archat and Olivier Kaeppelin, director of the Fondation Maeght.

The exhibition is organized in partnership with the Public Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Algiers (www.mama-dz.com) and the French Academy in Rome - Villa Medici.


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2014: the Maeght Foundation celebrates its 50th year

In 2014, the Maeght Foundation invites all art lovers to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary with three important events. Between modern heritage and contemporary adventure, the spring exhibition will be devoted to the architecture of Josep Lluís Sert and the genesis of the Foundation. A new reading of the great works that have marked and built this living history will be offered in the summer and the autumn exhibition will be dedicated to artistic events, visual arts dialogues, dance, music and writing.

"It is with the present and the future that, along with Adrien Maeght, we want to tell this story, because the ambitions of the great creators cannot just be satisfied with the past. In this architecture of light, it is the spirit that we celebrate, the spirit of this place, intense as it is timeless, at the service of art and thought, "says Olivier Kaeppelin.

5 April – 9 June 2014
«Thanks to Sert, art has already entered into a real phase » *

The first event will be dedicated to the genesis and birth of the Maeght Foundation. The exhibition will be largely devoted to the architecture of Josep Lluís Sert but will vividly discuss, in a broader sense, the history of this extraordinary project whose realization mobilized so many great artists and writers of the 1960s, all while continuing to fascinate the visitor still to this day.

28 June – 11 November 2014

1964-2014 : Fifty years of masterpieces at the Maeght Foundation*

« Yes my dear Joan, we will create a unique work in the world » **

Many among them have claimed that Aimé Maeght, along with the Foundation, allowed them to fulfill a dream: many visitors, in turn, say they discovered art here. This shared dream is the heart of the summer exhibition devoted to the masterpieces that have marked the history of the Foundation. From Pierre Bonnard to Bernard Moninot to Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Alberto Giacometti and Pierre Soulages, Miquel Barceló and Simon Hantaï, François Rouan, Jacques Monory, Eduardo Arroyo… some one hundred works will recall this journey. Readings and lectures will illuminate this story. A major concert is also being prepared.

29 November – March 2015

Paintings for art in all its forms : music, dance, visual arts and writing at the Maeght Foundation*

«This is not a museum » ***

The third event will be devoted to the performing arts offering exhibitions of different themes where the works of artists will meet music, dance or poetry. Keep in mind that free jazz prodigy Albert Ayler, Terry Riley, La Monte Young, Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Merce Cunningham, Michel Portal and Mstislav Rostropovic, sometimes prefaced by poets like Francis Ponge, all gave legendary performances here. We must remember also that Pierre Reverdy made the Maeght Foundation his sole heir and that poets and philosophers have succeeded here with their writings or their tales.



For its fiftieth anniversary, seven institutions from the South-East to the Great West pay tribute to the Marguerite and Aimé Maeght Foundation









* The dates and titles are temporary and may change.




*Aimé Maeght to Joan Miró, correspondence, August 29, 1959.

** "(...) a unique work in the world that will remain in time and in minds, as evidence of our civilization that through wars, social and scientific upheavals have left humanity one of the purest spiritual and artistic messages of all time, these are the stories I want reveal to the generations that follow us, and to show our grandchildren, that in our materialistic age the spirit remained present and very effective thanks to men like you. » Aimé Maeght to Joan Miró, correspondence, August 29, 1959

***" Here something is being tried that has never been tried before: to create, instinctively and by love, the universe in which modern art can find both its place and this back-world which was formerly called the supernatural. «André Malraux inaugurating the Maeght Foundation, July 28 1964.















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