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Philippe Hiquily honored in “The New School of Paris: 1950s - Present” at Opera Gallery Singapore

Opera Gallery Singapore presents “New School of Paris: 1950s - Present”, an exhibition featuring works by Karel Appel, Jean Dubuffet, Philippe Hiquily, Georges Mathieu, Pierre Soulages and Zao Wou-Ki. Centered around the term “Nouvelle École de Paris”, first coined in 1952, these works pay tribute to a diverse group of artists whose distinctive voices help tell a broader story about post-war Paris and the origins of Tachisme, Abstraction Lyrique and Art Informel.

Among the works on display, those by Philippe Hiquily take pride of place, resonating with their powerful artistic voice and imposing scale. Originating in the experiments of the 1950s, Hiquily's art evolved into greatness during the 1960s, the period in which his first monumental Girouette was publicly exhibited. Hiquily is distinguished by his depiction of female figures through simple lines, interweaving the characters of modern goddesses, mothers and objects of desire into moving metal plates. For Hiquily, line, space and form become fields of research and experimentation.

Known for his innovative fusion of organic forms and industrial materials, Hiquily's work embodies a relentless exploration of the potential of modern sculpture. Her ability to transform metal plates into graceful, dynamic female figures is a testament to her talent and unique artistic vision. By elevating the simplicity of line to a monumental sculptural dimension, Hiquily succeeds in capturing the essence of femininity and transcending it into a space for reflection and contemplation.

The exhibition “New School of Paris: 1950s - Present” at Opera Gallery Singapore offers an opportunity to discover or rediscover the work of Philippe Hiquily alongside other masters of the New School of Paris. Through this presentation, visitors are invited to explore the visual dialogues between the works, appreciate the diversity of artistic approaches and grasp the lasting impact of this dynamic period in art history.

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