ALBERT CHUBAC from the MAMAC Collection

MAMAC de Nice
Dec 12, 2013 10:55PM

December 3, 2013 to February 9, 2014

Galerie des Ponchettes presents an exhibition of works by Albert Chubac from the collection of Museum of Modern Art and Contemporary Art of the City of Nice (MAMAC de Nice).

The exhibition provides an opportunity to (re)discover a selection of 60 paintings, sculptures, reliefs and collages from the donation that the artist made to MAMAC de Nice in 2004.

MAMAC presented this donation of one hundred works from January 29 to May 16, 2004, and became the reference point for the work of the artist in France.

Chubac Albert was born in 1925 in Geneva. At sixteen, he entered the School of Decorative Arts in Nice in 1945 and at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. At the end of his studies,  thanks to a scholarship, he spent a year in Algeria and traveled in Italy, Spain, Greece, Egypt and eventually settled in Nice. His first exhibition takes place in Athens in 1949. During these years, his work was successively influenced by Bonnard, Dufy and Matisse. In 1950, he met Nicolas de Stael, who had a great influence on his work.

The early paintings, almost abstract, uses a register of primary colors he then applies to wood carvings, "editable", the principle allows viewers to swap elements, it explores a new period the bright colored plexiglas resources.

In 1952, he bought a house in Aspremont in the Alpes-Maritimes a shed without water or electricity where he lived and works. After meeting an American collector who purchased many of his works, an exhibition was born in the United States. He was the first artist of the School of Nice to exhibit in the U.S. Back to Nice, he meets: Raysse Claude Gilli, Ben, Marcel Alocco, Serge III, Bernar Venet.

In 1958, he abandoned classical influences to worry about the object and made sculptures out of wire and tin cans. Having discovered shopkeepers in Old Nice, wooden sticks and color pigments, his work finds its final expression in a spirit halfway between Constructivism and geometric abstraction borrowing a playful and poetic spirit.

Albert Chubac died in Tourrette in 2008.

Gallery Ponchettes
77 Quai des USA - Nice
04 93 62 31 24  
Price: Free admission
Every day from 10h to 18h, except Mondays.

Image caption:

Albert ChubacUntitled, painted wood, 98 x 45 x 7 cm. Donation of the artist in 2004. Collection MAMAC, Nice, inv. : 2004.1.24. Photo: Muriel Anssens / City of Nice © ADAGP, Paris , 2013

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