Alexandre Hollan : “That which cannot be painted”, Musée d’art moderne André Malraux, Le Havre


Since time immemorial, the wind has presented humankind with a challenge. How can you depict something that is invisible? This exhibition explores the means by which visual artists have tried to solve this conundrum and illustrates how depictions of the wind have evolved through the ages, as our understanding of the wind as a phenomenon has improved.

The invention of cinema, which made it possible to show movement over time, was crucial. Before that, the wind could only be depicted by means of a still image.

The exhibition itinerary features 170 artworks – paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, videos, glassware, etc. – by over 100 artists from classical times to the present day, including Dürer, Goya, Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes, Hiroshige, Hokusaï, Baron Gérard, Turner, Corot, Hugo, Daumier, Millet, Nadar, Boudin, Daum, Monet, Renoir, Gallé, Steinlen, Anquetin, the Lumière brothers, Sorolla, Vallotton, Vlaminck, van Dongen, Raoul Dufy, Arp, Man Ray, Lartigue, Buster Keaton, Brassaï, Gilbert Garcin, Alexandre Hollan, Bernard Moninot, Corinne Mercadier, Philippe Favier, Éric Bourret and Jean-Baptiste Née, …

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The Wind. “That which cannot be painted”

June 25th – October 2nd, 2022

André Malraux Museum of Modern Art
2 boulevard Clemenceau
76600 Le Havre