Until February 19, the Musée d'Arts in Nantes devotes an exhibition to the influence Charlie Chaplin had on the artists of his time, from Léger to Chagall, from Calder to Magritte.
In 1914, Charlie Chaplin invented a character of a poetic tramp, a mischievous tramp, dressed in a frock coat too small, pants too short, wearing a bowler hat, and decked out with a flexible rod. This silhouette become recognizable among all is that of the Tramp, sonly one name in English. In France and some other countries, he was nicknamed Charlot. And, for a long time, confusion existed between the character and his inventor, his interpreter. It was said then that we were going to see a “Charlot film”.
The character was universal. He amused the children, encouraged the adults to see the poor man's humanity, and inspired the artists. This is the meaning of the exhibition proposed until February 19, 2020 the Museum of Arts of Nantes. Under the title Charlie Chaplin in the eye of the avant-gardes, some two hundred signed works of the greatest of the early twentieth century reflect as a distorted reflection of Chaplin's films.
The idea of this amazing combination came to the curator of the heritage of the Nantes art museum, Catherine Lebossé during a previous exhibition dedicated to Fernand Léger. It was in 2014. Two years of work were then needed to bring together paintings, posters and sculptures signed by the greatest, such as Fernand Léger, Marc Chagall, Alexandre Calder and René Magritte. They come from ten different countries and belong to forty-four collectors or institutions.
Charlie Chaplin in the eye of the foremen
until February 3, 2020 at the Musée d'arts de Nantes
until November 19 in Nantes at the Cinématographe