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Léger at IVAM

Cubist Figurations


Overshadowed greatly by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, the work of Fernand Léger has been rather condemned to the background, but a major exhibition on view through 15 September at the Valencia Institute of Modern Art (IVAM) – in coproduction with Tate Liverpool – seeks to give it the attention it deserves. ‘Fernand Léger and Modern Life’ presents more than fifty pieces by the French painter, a collaborator of Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand who, fascinated by the frenetic pace of modern existence, managed to create a visual language that was partly geometric, partly biomorphic, and always recognizable, and which he wanted to place at the service of his political commitment to communism.

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