Art and history are combined in an exhibition presented in Liège dedicated to works that were sold by the Germans at the Lucerne auction in 1939.
On the eve of the Second World War, the Nazi authorities wished to dispose of the Modern art works in display in German art galleries that they considered “degenerate”. In June 1939, they organised a grand auction in Lucerne. This auction, which was to take on a historic dimension, offered works by some of the greatest artists of the period: Gauguin, Chagall, Matisse, Kokoschka and even Picasso…
The Belgian government was represented at the auction, as was a delegation from Liège that had managed to raise quite a large sum. Belgium acquired several works of art for the museums of Antwerp and Brussels while Liège purchased nine exceptional paintings that today form part of the city’s major collections. Now scattered around the world in prestigious private and public collections, a large number of the works from the auction will be brought together for the first time and exclusively presented at the Cité Miroir in Liège. The exhibition will be enriched by numerous documents evoking the historical context of the auction.
The Cité Miroir, a building with an exceptional architectural style, is a new multipurpose cultural venue in the very heart of Liège. It was built in 1939 and has just been fully renovated. This complex housed the Sauvenière public baths and swimming pool. It is now devoted to public and cultural projects.
An exhibition of the City of Liège, University of Liège, MNEMA asbl, Les Territoires de la Mémoire asbl and Les Musées de Liège asbl.
The tour of this exhibition gives free access to the "Notre Combat" at the exhibition "Purchases of Paris" in the BAL, in the exhibition "Degenerate Artists" Gallery of Wittert and an entry for the Grand Curtius.
Last admission to the exhibition: 17h - Cloakroom compulsory
Closed: November 1st - November 11th - December 24th to January 2nd inclusive
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Anyone wishing to speak in a free visit and do not belong to the organizing institutions or the association Art&Fact must make a reasoned request for speaking authorization from the Directorate of the association MNEMA (firstname.lastname@example.org)
City of Liège, Les Musées de Liège asbl, University of Liège, MNEMA asbl et Les Territoires de la Mémoire asbl