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 Domela, César (1900 - 1992)
Germany

Relief, 1938

Copper, brass, plastic and painted wood;
71.3 x 41.5 x 16.5 cm
Abstraction Between WWI and WWII

UID 102-168



Biography

The self-taught German painter César Domela began his career in 1920, by producing landscapes and still lifes which are related, in their abstraction, to synthetic Cubism. On travelling to Germany, he met Constructivist artists and became a friend of Arthur Segal and others. He exhibited with the Novembergruppe in 1923 in Berlin and, in 1924, moved to Paris where he met Mondrian and Van Doesburg, joining the De Stijl group. In Amsterdam, he exhibited with well-known abstract artists and, in 1927, settled in Berlin. He was a member of Die Abstrakten Hannover and contributed to various vanguard magazines. In 1931, he organised the first major Photomontage exhibition at the Staatliche Kunstbibliothek and, in 1933, he returned to Paris, joining the Abstraction-Création group. He was one of the founders of the Salon des Realités Nouvelles where he held exhibitions up until 1968 and spread his ideas on art through various magazines and lectures. It could well be said that Domela influenced, in large measure, the work of many of his contemporary artists and of subsequent generations.



Exhibitions

Art of Tomorow. Solomon R. Guggenheim Collection of Non-Objective Paintings
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art, USA
01-06-1939 ~ 12-06-1939

César Domela
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France
04-03-1987 ~ 10-05-1987

Domela, 65 Ans d'Abstraction
Musée de Grenoble, France
04-06-1987 ~ 02-09-1987

César Domela. Peintures et Reliefs après 1923
Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), The Netherlands
31-10-1987 ~ 13-12-1987

Maîtres Impressionnistes et Modernes
Galerie Daniel Malingue, France
10-11-1988 ~ 24-12-1988

Colecção Berardo Collection 1917-1999
Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Portugal
27-01-2000 ~ 27-08-2000

Nova Apresentação da Colecção Berardo
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
08-11-1999 ~ 01-03-2000

Durante o Fim - Rui Chafes
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
15-10-2000 ~ 14-01-2001


Bibliography

Catalogue raisoné de l'oeuvre en relief de César Domela, 1978
Published by Carmen Martinez

Colecção Berardo Collection 1917-1999, 2000
Published by CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém
ISBN 972817652X

Domela, 65 ans d'abstraction, 1987
Published by Musée de Grenoble

Fifth catalogue of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 1939
Published by Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Les Années folles, 1918-1939. Le Triomphe de l'Art Moderne, 1992
Published by ACR Edition

Maîtres Impressionnistes et Modernes, 1988
Published by Galerie Daniel Malingue







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