This exhibition, organised as part of 2011 Année des Outre-mer, celebrates the 70th anniversary of the happy and prolific friendship between Martinican poet Aimé Césaire (1913-2008) and Cuban painter Wifredo Lam (1902-1982). The poet spoke of their "instant rapport”, a sentiment echoed by Lam for whom the two were "artists and brothers”. In addition to Lam’s paintings and etchings, the exhibition will also feature engravings by Picasso and works by other artists inspired by Césaire’s poetry and other writings.
It should be remembered too that 2011 ushers in UNESCO’s 4-year "reconciled universal” programme built around three great twentieth century poets: Aimé Césaire, Pablo Neruda and Rabindranath Tagore.
This exhibition is organised by the Rmn-GP as part of 2011 Année des Outre-mer. The show, celebrating France’s overseas territories, will then go to Martinique and Guadeloupe.
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