From 19 May to 18 July 2021


The exhibition United States of Abstraction. American Artists in France, 1946-1964 explores the intense presence of American artists and how they helped redefine abstract art in France at a time when the global geography of art was in upheaval.

The exhibition is made up of about a hundred works, paintings and sculptures, from public and private collections in Europe and the United States, and is accompanied by numerous documents that provide an insight into the period.

This exhibition is organised in collaboration with the Fabre Museum of Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole which will host it from 6 August to 31 October 2021.

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General Curator:
Michel Hilaire, General Curator, Director of the Fabre Museum.
Sophie Lévy, Director and Curator of the Musée d'Arts de Nantes.

Scientific curator:
Claire Lebossé, Curator, in charge of the modern art collections, Musée d'Arts de Nantes.
Sophie Lévy, Director and Curator, Musée d'Arts de Nantes.
Maud Marron-Wojewódzki, Curator, in charge of the modern and contemporary collections, Fabre Museum.


The museum would like to thank the State - Ministry of Culture - DRAC des Pays de la Loire for the subsidy from which the exhibition benefits.

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It is supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art and the FRench American Museum Exchange (FRAME), to whom the museum extends its warmest thanks.

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The museum also thanks CIC Ouest for its presence and generous support.


The museum would like to thank its media partners.

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- Sam Francis, Blue Balls, vers 1961-1962, huile sur toile, 106,9 x 137,5 cm, Stockholm, Moderna Museet © 2020 Sam Francis Foundation, California / ADAGP, Paris, 2021
- Robert Breer, Sans titre, 1954, huile sur toile, 96 x 161 cm, Paris, Centre Pompidou - Musée national d'art moderne - Centre de création, industrielle © Robert Breer, photo : © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Georges Meguerditchian

- James Bishop, Water, 1961, huile sur toile, 150 x 134 cm, Paris, Galerie Fournier © courtesy Galerie Jean Fournier- Photo Alberto Ricci

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