26 October 2017 to 14 January 2018
Opening: 25 October, 6 pm
Museum Haus Konstruktiv is devoting a solo exhibition to French artist Aurélie Nemours (1910–2005), which presents various periods in the oeuvre of this grand dame of geometric abstract art, thanks to loaned works from private collections.
Nemours, who only started to train as an artist (under André Lhote and Fernand Léger, among others) after first studying art history and archaeology, found a consistent geometric visual language in the 1950s. She adhered to her strictly reduced vocabulary of forms, consisting of horizontals, verticals, rectangles, squares and lines, until her death. Although the oeuvre of Aurélie Nemours can be classified as concrete art, it does clearly differ from works by Zurich Concretists Max Bill and Richard Paul Lohse, who were about her age. The starting point for her geometric compositions, much like those of Piet Mondrian, was more artistic intuition than a strictly mathematically calculated system. The fact that her fine sense of form, color and rhythm could nevertheless be linked to logical design principles is demonstrated, in particular, by the serial works that Nemours developed to an increasing extent in the 1970s. One of her most famous series, for instance, is the body of works entitled “Rythme du millimètre”, which she spent over a decade developing. Examples from this series are to be shown at Museum Haus Konstruktiv.