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1382 | 'Primitivism' in 20th Century Art
 - Affinity of the Tribal and the Modern

"Primitivism" in 20th Century Art: Affinity of the Tribal and the Modern

Together with Jean-Hubert Martin's 'Magiciens de la terre' (see below)  in 1989 at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, another groundbreaking exhibition, which already took place in Sep 1984 should be mentioned
"Primitivism" in 20th Century Art: Affinity of the Tribal and the Modern
Sep 1984 - Jan 1985, Museum of Modern Art - MoMA, New York
Curator: William Rubin, Kirk Varnedoe
The exhibition's four thematic sections are: Concepts, History, Affinities, Contemporary Explorations.
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Magiciens de la terre

May - Aug 1989, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Curator: Jean-Hubert Martin
All more than 100 artists on the artist-info page of Centre Georges Pompidou, and of Jean-Hubert Martin.
"What is especially important to recognize is that this will be the first truly international exhibition of worldwide contemporary art." says Jean-Hubert Martin in an interview in 'Art in America', no. 77, New York, May 1989.

Although Magiciens de la terre took place more than 25 years ago in Paris it was for many reasons an important moment in time and shows how contemporary art and artists are understood, then and today. The many statements and investigations are an example on how curatorial methods develop. A recent re-positioning was Retour sur 'Magiciens de la terre', Centre Pompidou, Paris, Jul - Sep 2014.
Today some call Jean-Hubert Martin with his 1989 exhibition a "'Prophet' of Globalisation" (Hans Belting, ZKM, Karlsruhe) who wasn't welcome, others call him provocateur, or pioneer.
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