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William N. Copley, Raymond Hains et al.

Impasse Ronsin. Murder, Love, and Art in the Heart of Paris (group show)
Museum Tinguely, Basel
16 December 2020 – 29 August 2021

Image: William N. Copley, Stereoptic Nude, 1951, William N. Copley Estate, William N. Copley, New York
Image: William N. Copley, Stereoptic Nude, 1951, William N. Copley Estate, William N. Copley, New York

Impasse Ronsin, a dead-end street in the midst of Paris's Montparnasse district, was a unique artists' colony, known for more than a century as a place of art, contemplation, conversation, celebration, innovation, creation and destruction. With Impasse Ronsin. Murder, Love and Art in the Heart of Paris, Museum Tinguely devotes the first ever exhibition to this unusual urban network that was often in the headlines, presenting over 50 artists with more than 200 works, all made at Impasse Ronsin. The place was marked by a broad range of diverse artistic identities that went far beyond the avant­garde, with artists including Constantin Brâncuși. Max Ernst, Marta Minujín, Eva Aeppli, Niki de Saint Phalle and Larry Rivers, through to André Almo Del Debbio and Alfred Laliberté. The exhibition layout is based on the original architectural plan of the colony, surprising visitors with an unprecedented mixture of artworks and stories that bring Paris to life as a melting pot and cosmopolitan city of art.

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