Jean-Michel Meurice : “Habiter la peinture” Donation by Françoise Marquet-Zao to the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 10.06.22 / 25.02.23
The Musée d’Art Moderne presents a new tour of the permanent collections, showing the museum’s key works alongside works that are rarely or never exhibited. The contemporary exhibition is structured around the acquisitions and donations of over 40 young French and international artists. Monographic rooms, such as the one devoted to Jean-Michel Meurice (a donation from Françoise Marquet-Zao).
In memory of the strong friendship between Jean-Michel Meurice, Zao Wou-ki (1920-2013), since 1964, and Françoise Marquet-Zao, the latter has made a very generous donation to the museum in 2022 which reflects the important stages of Meurice’s pictorial career since the end of the 1960s, complementing the two works already in the collections. The artist participated in the hanging of this room of the museum, which is intended as a tribute to him.
Echoing the presentation of these paintings and collages, a selection of films illustrates his activity as a film director and his commitment to documentary film from the 1960s onwards, dealing with art as well as social and political issues. In the 1980s, together with Georges Duby, he created La Sept, a cultural television channel that was to become Arte. This film activity must be seen as complementary to his painting, with which it resonates perfectly and without any hierarchy.