Andre Masson Biography

Balagny, France, 1896 ? Paris, France, 1987

A French master, Andre Masson is associated with both Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism.

The trajectory of Masson?s artistic life is full of twists and turns; inspiration by the work of Cezanne; an interest in cubism because of his friendship with Juan Gris; the beginnings of Surrealism; an approximation of Expressionism; the return of his Surrealist style during his exile in America, and finally the arrival of quasi abstraction with influences of oriental culture and Zen philosophy. In all of these stages, however, there are a series of constants that fed Masson?s artistic creation: nature, violence, metamorphosis, and mythology.


2007 - - La Grece des Modernes : limpression dun voyage, les artistes, les ecrivains et la Grece (1933-1968) . Musee dart moderne Lille metropole, Villeneuve dAscq, France.

2006 - La tentation de l'Orient. Galerie Jeanne-Bucher, Paris, France. - busy going crazy. La Maison Rouge, Paris, France. - Undercover Surrealism. Hayward Gallery, London, England. - Tauschungsmanover - Optische Irritationen und visuelle Manipulationen. Kunsthalle Wurth, Schwabisch Hall. - Da Monet a Boltanski. Fondazione Magnani - Rocca, Parma, Italy. - Verruckte Liebe: Von Dali bis Bacon. Die Sammlung Ulla und Heiner Pietzsch. BA-CA Kunstforum Wien, Vienna, Austria.

2005 - mythologies. les Abattoirs de Toulouse, Toulouse, France. - Internationale Zeichner. Galerie Biedermann, Munich, Germany. - Dali, Picasso, and the Surrealist Vision. The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, USA. - Obras Maestras del Siglo XX en las Colecciones del IVAM. Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Esteban Vicente, Segovia, Spain. - For Meyer Schapiro - A portfolio of 12. Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, USA. - Henri Hayden & Friends - Cubist Paintings from the 1910s & 1920s. Modernism, San Francisco, USA. - Von Spitzweg bis Baselitz - Streifzuge durch die Sammlung Wurth. Museum Wurth, Kunzelsau.

2004 - Cubism and it?s Arrival - The Gift of Gustav and Elly Kahnweiler. Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, England. - Collettiva natalizia. B & B Arte, Mantua, Italy. - Woman - Metamorphosis of modernity. Fundacion Joan Miro, Barcelona, Spain. - Modern in Europe - Featuring Selections from the Collection of Gladys and Sam Ru. Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA. - Andre Masson - Eine Mythologie der Natur. Museum Wurth, Kunzelsau. - Maurice Jardot, une collection passionnement utile. Musee dart moderne Lille metropole, Villeneuve dAscq, France. - Das MoMA in Berlin. Meisterwerke aus dem Museum of Modern Art, New York. Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany. - Frankreich - Bilder, Zeichnungen, Druckgrafiken, Skulpturen und Fotografien. Galerie Ariadne - Thomas Netusil Kunsthandel, Vienna, Austria. - Andre Masson - (1896 - 1987) . Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia MNCARS, Madrid, Spain. - Homage to Picasso - 50 KÃ?nstler - 80 Exponate in verschiedenen Techniken. Galerie Wolfgang Exner, Vienna, Austria.

2003 - Linking Collection And Community. MAM - Miami Art Museum, Miami, USA. - Andre Masson. Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich, Germany. - Phantom der Lust. Visionen des Masochismus in der Kunst. Neue Galerie Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz. - Visual Poetics - Art and the Word. MAM - Miami Art Museum, Miami, USA. - Autour dAndre Masson. Galerie Brimaud, Paris, France.

2002 - Le songe erotique - Andre Masson. Galerie Brimaud, Paris, France. - Durch 150 Jahre in Schwarz - Weiss. Hachmeister Galerie, Munster. - Andre Masson Inside/Outside Surrealism. Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. - La part de lautre. Carre d'art - Musee d'art contemporain de Nimes, Nimes, France. - Claude Monet - ...bis zum digitalen Impressionismus. Foundation Beyeler, Riehen. - La Revolution surrealiste. Centre Pompidou - Musee National d'Art Moderne, Paris, France. - Surrealism - Desire Unbound. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA.

2001 - Sade surreal - Der Marquis de Sade und die erotische Fantasie des Surrealismus. Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland. - Au pays des hommes - Andre Masson. Galerie Brimaud, Paris, France. - Surrealism: Desire Unbound. Tate Modern, London, England. - Druckgraphik aus Frankreich nach 45.Museum Moderner Kunst - Stiftung Worlen, Passau.

2000 - Le theatre comme necessite. Galerie Brimaud, Paris, France. - Some Summer Surrealists. The Mayor Gallery, London, England. - Cosmos - From Goya to De Chirico from Friedrich to Kiefer. Palazzo Grassi, Venecia, Italy. - Dream Machines. Dundee Contemporary Arts - DCA, Dundee, Scotland.

1999 - Le paysan de Paris. Galerie Brimaud, Paris, France.

1998 - Andre Masson - Rebell des Surrealismus. Ludwig Museum im Deutschherrenhaus, Koblenz.

SELECTED COLLECTIONS: - Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Linz, Austria. - Musee d'art moderne de Ceret, Ceret, France. - Musee d'art moderne Lille metropole, Villeneuve d'Ascq, France. - Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen, Germany. - Ludwig Museum im Deutschherrenhaus, Koblenz, Germany. - Museum Abteiberg, Monchengladbach, Germany. - Irish Museum of Modern Art - IMMA, Dublin, Ireland. - Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel-Aviv, Israel. - Trevi Flash Art Museum Of Contemporary Art, Trevi, Italy. - Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy. - Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Lichtenstein. - Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje, Skopje, Macedonia. - Gemeentemuseum Helmond - Boscotondohal, Helmond, Holland. - Muzeum Sztuki w Å?odz, Lodz, Poland. - Fundacion Joan Miro, Barcelona, Spain. - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia MNCARS, Madrid, Spain. - Kunstmuseum Bern, Berna, Switzerland. - Tate Britain, London, England. - The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, USA. - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA.