Post #697 • December 30, 2005, 12:25 AM • 2 Comments
So there I was at the Taipei Fine Art Museum. I paid a special concession to see some show of French modernism, NT$160, about five bucks, no biggie. I look around. They have a Modigliani, a long horizontal Dufy about electrical scientists, a bunch of Art Deco furniture, a Vallaton, a Vlamnick, some School of Paris people, and then it hits me - this is the same damn show that went through the Bass Museum. I didn't see it there, though, so it's just as well, but, well, I don't know where I'm going with this, but it was kooky. Okay, no more coffee after six PM for Franklin.
December 30, 2005, 10:34 AM
Wasn't electricity old news by 1937?
December 30, 2005, 2:57 AM
The long Dufy (La Fee Electricite) you describe, might have been the study for the mural at the Paris International Exposition of 1937 (the size in the Taipei catalog is 100x600 cm)
Visitors to the Paris International Exposition of 1937 were shown the greatest hymn to electricity in Dufy's mural, La Fee Electricite. This gigantic painting decorated the interior of the Pavillon de l'Electricite, one of the largest buildings in the Exposition, designed by Robert Mallet-Stevens in collaboration with Georges Pingusson, who worked on its interior design. The painting, 200 feet long and 33 feet high, was lit from above by spotlights, its brightness was intensified by the total darkness of the space.
source link is a non profit orginazation which arranges for traveling shows, so your observations make sense.