Henry Darger at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
May 29th - October 11, 2015
Following a remarkable donation of 45 works by the artist's estate in 2012–2013, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is devoting an exhibition to a 20th-century legend: Henry Darger (1892-1973). Complemented by loans from international institutions, the exhibition Henry Darger recreates the imaginary world of an artist now recognised as one of the major representatives of Outsider Art. Self-taught and long a marginal figure on the art scene, Darger created a unique personal realm, a strangely singular mix of historical narrative and American popular culture.
This exhibition embraces the different segments of an oeuvre discovered only a few months before Darger's death: large, double-sided narrative panels, flags, portraits and the masterpiece The Battle of Calverhine, on show for the first time in France. Three metres long, this work depicts the opening battle in Darger's saga of a revolt by enslaved children. More information on the MAM website.