Various art movements
Many art movements are represented in the museum. Pop Art, born in the 1950’s in the United Kingdom and very quickly spread to the United States, is still one of the most well-known movements among the general public today. It is supported by artists such as Andy Warhol, certainly the most famous, but also Tom Wesselmann, Claes Oldenburg, Jim Dine, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, George Segal and John Chamberlain.
New Realism is the French counterpart of Pop’Art. In the early 1960’s, this movement rallied around the critic Pierre Restany. The movement advocated “a new perceptual approach to reality” and was supported by artists such as Yves Klein, but also César, known for his compressions, Arman and his accumulations, Niki de Saint-Phalle and his shootings, Daniel Spoerri and his snare pictures, and Jean Tinguely and his incredible technological resources.
Minimal Art, or Conceptual Art, is also presented at MAMAC. Visitors can discover this movement that seeks to renew the sculptural and pictorial approach to abstraction. From Morris Louis and Ellsworth Kelly to Frank Stella, from Larry Poons to Sol LeWitt, this movement is addressed more to the mind (or the heart) than to the senses.
Raphaël Monticelli, Serge Maccaferri, Martin Miguel, Marcel Alocco, but also Vivien Isnard, Louis Chacallis and Max Charvolen are the artists from Nice who make up the core of Groupe 70, with an approach close to the Supports/Surfaces movement. This movement of the French Riviera is obviously in the spotlight.
The Fluxus group has a particular state of mind, and a nihilistic humor that sometimes borders on the non-art. These artists, inspired by the music of John Cage, La Monte Young or Pierre Schaeffer, who could be described as “dadaist”, embody a renewal by committing themselves to performance art. The main artists of this movement are Robert Filliou, Nam June Paik, Brecht, Beuys, but also Serge III and Pierre Pinoncelli.
Figuration Libre (“Free Figuration”), appeared in the 1980’s, brought together artists such as Robert Combas, Jean-Michel Alberola and Jean-Charles Blais.