terra luna films

DENISE REN

Un film de Camille Guichard avec Anne Tronche

Collection "Mmoire"

Dure : 52 mn.
Production : Terra Luna Films, Centre Georges Pompidou, France 5, dlgation aux Arts Plastiques.
Distribution: Doc & Co, vodeo.tv.
Diffusion : France 5.

Synopsis
Figure emblmatique du march de lart en France, Denise Ren est le dfenseur clair de labstraction gomtrique, lorganisatrice dexpositions-manifestes, laccompagnatrice engage du cintisme et de lart optique. Considre par certains davantage comme une militante que comme une marchande, elle a cherch longtemps une orientation diffrente de celles des autres galeries. On lui doit en 1955, la fameuse exposition Le mouvement conue avec laide de Vasarely; en 1957, la premire exposition en France de Mondrian. Depuis sa premire galerie Paris en 1945, jusqu aujourdhui, en passant par tous les lieux quelle a crs Kerfeld, Dsseldorf, New York, par son mandat de prsidente de la FIAC: elle a une ligne et sy tient.
Le film de Camille Guichard est construit autour dun entretien qua conduit Anne Tronche dans une des galeries parisiennes de Denise Ren. Il retrace laide de documents darchives, le parcours exemplaire dune femme dont la passion sassocie la lucidit et qui, dans les annes bouillonnantes de laprs-guerre, sut redonner leur place aux pionniers de lart construit et faire de sa galerie lun des principaux carrefours de lart abstrait.

An emblematic figure in the art market in France, Denise Ren is an enlightened defender of geometric abstraction, an organiser of ground-breaking exhibitions and a dedicated partner of kinetic and optical art. Considered by some as more of a militant than an art merchant, she long sought a different orientation from other galleries. She put on the famous Le Mouvement exhibition in 1955, conceived with the help of Vasarely, and organised Mondrians first exhibition in France in 1957. She has stuck to her approach over the years, from the time when she opened her first gallery in Paris in 1945 to the present day, through all the venues she created in Kerfeld, Dsseldorf and New York, not forgetting during her presidency of the FIAC (International Fair of Contemporary Art).
Camille Guichards documentary is structured around an interview by the contemporary art historian and critic Anne Tronche in one of Denise Rens galleries in Paris. Using her personal archives, it reconstructs the extraordinary career of a woman whose passion is tempered by lucidity, who was able to give back their true place to pioneers of modern art during the heady years of the post-war period, and who made her gallery into one of the main crossroads of abstract art.



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