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The Art of War, from Picasso to Dubuffet

From 12 October 2012 to 17 February 2013

The evolution of modern art during the World War II era

The Museum of Modern Art of Paris, also known as the MAM, will soon be presenting an exhibition entitled "Art at War." This special collection focuses on artwork created between 1938 and 1947 by over 100 artists, from Picasso to Dubuffet.

The goal of the exhibition is to reveal how artists revolutionized art during this period, in the context of World War II and the widespread devastation that it wreaked.

The war began just as the golden age of the surrealist movement was beginning. As a result, artists were taking modern art to a new level in order to express their feelings about the absurdity of war and the chaos it created. Then, from 1944 to 1947, as the post-war reconstruction was under way, artists saw their chance to redefine culture with various forms of expression.

The MAM's exhibition will allow visitors to explore all of these concepts. This is thanks to the participation of some of the best museums in the world, which have loaned pieces to the MAM so that it could present almost 400 works of art from this turbulent period.

In addition to artwork, a series of excerpts from documentaries and films will also be presented to add further context to this impressive collection.