At the crossroads of art, literature and ethnography, this exhibition focuses on Michel Leiris (1901-1990), a prominent intellectual figure of 20th century. Fully involved in the ideals and reflections of his era, Leiris was both a poet and an autobiographical writer, as well as a professional ethnographer and very close friend of many great artists and writers of his times. Encompassing nearly 350 works, including many masterpieces by his closest artist friends (Joan Miró, André Masson, Alberto Giacometti, Pablo Picasso, Wilfredo Lam, Francis Bacon…), African and Caribbean artefacts and works of art, along side a plethora of archives and original documents (manuscripts, books, films and music), this exhibition aims at highlighting Michel Leiris’ multifaceted character, his passions and commitments, as well as the innovative aspect of his oeuvre and the pertinence of his ideas which, at a time of globalisation and post-colonial studies, have made him an essential contemporary referen

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