The pictorial scores of Henry Valensi
Henry Valensi (1883-1960), conductor of the « musicalist » movement, is still mainly unknown, even if his name is correlated to major events of the history of art, such as the « Section d’Or » exhibition in 1912 in Paris, of which he was one of the organizers. Since recently, the work of the founder of the « Musicalisme » movement regains interest. How can we nowadays look at the painting of this artist who developped, between 1936 and 1959 a now mythical « Cinépeinture ».
Michel Gauthier is curator at the Centre Pompidou – Musée National d’Art Moderne, where he was curator of exhibition devoted to Sheila Hicks, Victor Vasarely, Martin Barré and Farid Belkahia. Between 2007 and 2019, he taught at the Sorbonne University in Paris. He is the author of a many books, among which, Promesses du zéro (Les Presses du Réel, 2009), Le temps des intermèdes (Les Presses du Réel, 2017) and many monographs devoted to Claude Rutault and Mohamed Melehi among others.