Cadavre Exquis at the Mucem

The collective work ‘Cadavre Exquis’ is travelling from Lisbon to Marseille to form part of the exhibition ‘Friendships in Art – Collective Works’ which opens on 16 October.
João Moniz Pereira, Marcelino Vespeira, António Pedro, Fernando de Azevedo, António Domingues, 'Cadavre exquis', 1948. Inv. 83P119

From 16 October, the Mucem, in Marseille, is hosting the exhibition Friendships in Art – Collective Works, the focal point of which is one of the first and most significant works of collaborative art: the Album Zutique, made by some of the most famous poets of the 19th century, including Arthur Rimbaud, Paul Verlaine, Charles Cros, Fermain Nouveau and André Gill.

During the 20th century, artists and poets devoted themselves to experimentation and cooperation, with Cadavre Exquis being one of the greatest examples of this type of art. The exhibition will explore how philosophers, writers, directors and musicians have produced works of art in collaboration with other artists, often resulting from close friendships between those involved.

The CAM is participating in this exhibition with the loan of the work Cadavre Exquis, created in 1948 by the artists António Dominguez, António Pedro, Fernando Azevedo, João Moniz Pereira and Marcelino Vespeira Divided into five parts, this large-scale oil painting was made according to the traditional ‘exquisite corpse’ method, in which each artist is unaware of what was painted by the previous artist.

Curated by Jean-Jacques Lebel and Blandine Chavanne, the exhibition brings together 100 works from public and private collections, with the inclusion of works by renowned figures such as Picasso, Picabia, Calder, Miró, Warhol and Basquiat, to name but a few. It is open to visitors until 13 February.

Updated on 04 october 2022

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