The exhibition will explore different interpretations of abstraction, through a selection of artworks produced from 1950 onwards. The selection of works will show how the concept of abstraction can be open to interpretation, and also the role that figuration has played in influencing or informing the artists' work.
Before the Second World War, abstract art was represented by artists such as Kandinsky, Mondrian and Malevich, portraying a nonobjective style with no formal subject. This changed radically in the second half of the century, with gestural application and the experimental use of colours and mixed media at the basis of creation.
The act of painting itself became an essential part of the artwork, emphasising physicality, materiality and texture. In the selection of works at Olivier Malingue, the link to reality is ambiguously present, leading the viewer to understand how subtle and illusive the line between figuration and abstraction can be.