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21 rue La Boétie Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Léger...
From 2 March to 23 July 2017

Inspired by the eponymously-titled book by Anne Sinclair © Editions Grasset & Fasquelle, 2012


The exhibition "21 Rue La Boétie" retraces the remarkable story of Paul Rosenberg (1881-1959), one of the most in uential art dealers in the rst half of the twentieth century. The exhibition brings together some sixty or so Modern masterpieces, some of which have never before been shown in France (works by Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, Marie Laurencin, etc.), coming from some of the largest public and private art collections in Europe. Many of the artworks on display have a direct connection to the dealer, having been shown in his galleries in Paris or New York, while others provide a signi cant insight into the historical and artistic context of the time.

Created by Tempora and produced by Culturespaces, in collaboration with experts at the Centre Pompidou, this exhibition benefits from the support of Paul Rosenberg’s granddaughter, Anne Sinclair, author of 21 Rue La Boétie (published by Editions Grasset & Fasquelle in 2012).

The career of Paul Rosenberg, an avid art collector, astute businessman and discerning amateur, friend and agent to some of the biggest artists of his day, allows us to understand from a new perspective the dual turning point that saw the emergence of Modern art, and the shift of the international art scene from Paris to New York against the backdrop of the Second World War.

Combining history and art, social history and politics, the exhibition highlights a crucial time in the twentieth century, of which Paul Rosenberg was an important witness, both an actor and a victim.

The hosting of the exhibition "21 Rue La Boétie" by the Musée Maillol is part of their new cultural programme, developed by Culturespaces, focusing on Modern and Contemporary art. This exhibition was previously shown at the Musée de La Boverie de Liège, designed and produced by the Belgian cultural agency Tempora and co- curated by Elie Barnavi, Isabelle Benoit, Vincent Delvaux, François Henrard and Benoît Remiche.

The Team


The former Director of Paris Musées, and then Head of Production at the Centre Pompidou, Sophie Hovanessian has also worked as General Administrator of the Réunion des Musées Nationaux. Appointed Administrator of the Musée Jacquemart-André in 2010, she is Head of Cultural Programming and Exhibitions for Culturespaces.

Agnès Wolff, head of exhibitions, Sixtine de Saint Léger, exhibitions manager at the Musée Maillol and Camila Souyri, régisseur at Culturespaces, have also played an important role in the organization and realization of this exhibition Culturespaces.

Curatorial team

Tempora est le spécialiste belge de la conception, réalisation, promotion et gestion d’expositions (culturelles, historiques ou scientifiques) et d’équipements culturels.
Fondée en 1998 par Benoît Remiche et Elie Barnavi, la société compte aujourd’hui une quarantaine de personnes. Tempora a réalisé de nombreux musées et espaces d’expositions permanentes, ainsi que plusieurs grandes expositions temporaires en Belgique et à l’étranger. Parmi ses nombreuses activités, Tempora est liée par un contrat-cadre au Musée de l’Europe pour la réalisation de ses expositions et leur circulation en Europe et dans le reste du monde.


Hubert Le Gall is a French designer, creator and sculptor of contemporary art. Since 2000 he has produced original scenographies for exhibitions.
La scénographie de l’exposition « 21 rue La Boétie » proposée par Hubert Le Gall intègrera des films et des dispositifs immersifs qui permettront de comprendre ce volet majeur de l’histoire de l’art au XXe siècle.