Folklore showcased at the Centre Pompidou-Metz

Published : 24.06.2020

Since June 12, the museum inaugurated its 2020 season around the theme of folklore. Conceived by the Centre Pompidou-Metz and the Mucem (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations) and entitled simply Folklore, the exhibition recounts the relationships, sometimes ambiguous, that artists nurture with folklore, from formal borrowing to the imitation of a method, and from fascination to critical irony. It is oriented around a European history and definition of the term, focusing on an encounter between the history of art and the history of human sciences. Folklore also unveils simultaneously the invention and the progressive institutionalization of the discipline, notably thanks to the resources of the Mucem, the heir to the National Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions.

Credits : Vassily Kandinsky, Altrussisches (Vieille Russie), [début 1904] Paris, Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Georges Meguerditchian/Dist. RMN-GP.