STRUCTURES AND MOUVEMENT, Galerie Denise René, Paris, 1966

Opening: February 8, 1966, 9 p.m.

Duration: February 8 March 1, 1966

Dimensions: 27.8 x 20.5 cm

Further Information: Denise René (19132012) opened her gallery in Paris at the end of the Second World War in June 1945. With the aim to show painters that have been forgotten or forbidden during the war years, René initially showed works by Max Ernst, Hans Arp, and Francis Picabia to later focus on Geometric Abstraction and Kinetic Art. Creating a dialogue between different generations of artists, together with Poltus Hulten René organized the exhibition Le Mouvement in 1955 including works by Marcel Duchamp, Alexander Calder, Victor Vasarely, Jean Tinguely, Jesús Rafael Soto, Pol Bury, among others. 11 years after her popular show Mouvement, which was one of the first exhibitions featuring Kinetic Art, art dealer Denise René invited for the the show Structures and Mouvement, which showed again Kinetic Art and Geometric Abstraction in her Paris gallery space. Specalized in both of those movements, as well as Op Art, Denise René also had gallery spaces in Krefeld, New York and in Düsseldorf, which she ran together with the German art dealer Hans Mayer up from 1966.

Denise René was also one of the few figures who looked beyond Western European art and exhibited Eastern European artists such as Hungarian artist Lajos Kassak and Polish artist Henryk Stazewski, as well as artists from South America such as the Venezuelan Jésus Rafael Soto or the Argentian Julio Le Parc and Hugo Rodolfo Demarco. Further, René organized traveling exhibitions in Montevideo, São Paulo, Buenos Aires and Scandinavia building a strong global network.

Only a few months after the exhibition Structures & Mouvement, Julio Le Parc won the painting Grand Prize at the Venice Biennale, marking the broad international recognition of Kinetic Art.


Images: Images of the invitation and all other archival documents shown on this page are part of the online collection of Archiv der Avantgarden, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.


Below is an invitation from 1967, to an exhibition that addressed Constructivism and Kinetic Art in Krefeld, Germany. Dresscode of the event was a black suit, as indicated in the bottom of the invitation.

Below is another exhibition from the art dealer duo, underlining the aesthetics of design that the gallery employed for several years. With a focus on Geometric Abstraction, this show at Galerie Denise René & Hans Mayer was titled 12 Leading Modern Artists and took place in Krefeld in 1968.