Odilon Redon

La littérature et la musique

Step into the world of Odilon Redon. A multitalented artist: pastellist, draughtsman, painter and lithographer. The 2018 summer exhibition at the Kröller-Müller sheds new light on this French artist. The theme of the exhibition is the important role that literature and music play in Redon’s life and work. The exhibition is showing from 2 June to 9 September 2018.

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“ODILON REDON STIMULATES ALL THE SENSES WITH HIS SYMPHONIC PAINTING.”
— De Volkskrant

FROM POWERFUL LITHOGRAPHS TO RADIANT PASTELS

The exhibition comprises 167 works from an important private collection, the museum’s own extensive Redon collection and a number of key pieces from other collections. This enables La littérature et la musique to offer an unprecedented view of the breadth and variety of themes in Redon’s body of work, from his powerful black-and-white lithographs to the radiant, colourful pastels.

“There are no real predecessors to be found, except perhaps among the musicians and certainly among the poets.”
— Joris-Karl Huysmans in L’art moderne, 1883
“I was born on a wave of sound.”
— Odilon Redon, ‘Confidences d’artiste’, L’Art moderne 14, 1894

PUBLIC ACTIVITIES AND BOOK

Inspired by Redon? Then come to the side programme with lectures, quiet Sunday mornings, concerts and more! The exhibition is accompanied by a book of the same name, published in collaboration with nai010 publishers. The book is available from the museum shop and online for €29.95.

Images: Odilon Redon, Tête de Persée, circa 1875, Kröller-Müller Museum collection / L’œuf, 1885, Pégase, 1895-1900, L’art celeste, 1894, La liseuse, circa 1895-1900, private collection / La bargue, 1894, private collection