Salon de Fleurus

  • Salon De Fleurus, installation view, New York, 1992-2013. Courtesy of Salon de Fleurus.

  • Salon De Fleurus, installation view, Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca, NY, 2018. Courtesy of Handwerker Gallery and ICI.

  • Salon de Fleurus, installation view, Muzeum Sztuki, 2016, courtesy of ICI.

  • Reproduction of Pablo Picasso's Trois femmes (Three Women), by Salon de Fleurus, 1992.

  • Salon de Fleurus, installation view, Muzeum Sztuki, 2016, courtesy of ICI.

  • Salon de Fleurus exterior view, Ashkal Alwan (Beirut), 2014. Courtesy of Salon de Fleurus.

  • Salon De Fleurus, installation view, New York, 1992-2013. Courtesy of Salon de Fleurus.

  • Salon de Fleurus, installation view, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, 2014. Courtesy of Salon de Fleurus.

  • Salon de Fleurus, installation view, Muzeum Sztuki, 2016, courtesy of ICI.

  • Salon De Fleurus, Metabolic Studio, Los Angeles, 2011. Courtesy of Salon de Fleurus.

Curated by Salon de Fleurus

“At the end of the day the importance of copying is that it compels us to question the importance of authenticity” - Clancy Martin on Salon de Fleurus, Brooklyn Rail, 2014

Salon de Fleurus is an artwork, a contemporary reconstruction of Gertrude Stein’s Parisian salon that existed at 27 rue de Fleurus from 1904-34. It is a work that displays and references a story of modern art’s beginnings through one of the first gathering places for burgeoning young artists such as Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Stein herself. It was in Stein’s salon that paintings by Cézanne, Matisse and Picasso were seen exhibited together for the first time both by her peers and transatlantic art experts who spread the word back home, eventually creating the American narrative of European modern art familiar today.

Through painted reproductions exhibited within a constructed interior, the Salon de Fleurus questions where, why and how certain narratives of modern art originated through the salon structure that first canonized them. These copies are perhaps more significant and tell us more about history than the original artworks themselves by weaving fiction into history and leaving space to contemplate and reconsider the past. When one looks at Picasso here, they are viewing Picasso through the lens of Stein.

From 1992 to 2014 Salon de Fleurus existed as a semi-private salon in lower Manhattan. Since then, it has appeared in fragments in Beirut, Paris and Los Angeles and will now be touring as a complete project via Independent Curators International (ICI). The exhibition contains painting reproductions as well as a historic timeline of Stein and her circle, and training script for a “doorman” or gallery monitor to best evoke the story of the salon to visitors. Additionally, a broadsheet catalogue designed by Garrick Gott including press and images from the Salon’s twenty-year history and newly commissioned essays and interviews will be available to compliment the exhibition. Art spaces are invited to source local details such as furniture, literature, decorations, and objects that further relate to early modernity, and to organize readings, talks, screenings and events that use the salon as a forum for discussing diverging art historical narratives.

Salon de Fleurus is a traveling exhibition organized by Salon de Fleurus and Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. The exhibition and tour are made possible by The Fine Art Dealers Association (FADA), and with the generous support from ICI’s International Forum and the ICI Board of Trustees.


Broadsheet Catalogues for Salon de Fleurus

The Salon de Fleurus broadsheet is a unique publication made anew at every site the exhibition is presented.

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Afterall Journal discusses Salon de Fleurus

Afterall Journal’s recent article ‘The Doorman’ by Our Literal Speed discusses the Salon de Fleurus project The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, on view at 41 Spring Street, New York from 1992–2013.

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Salon de Fleurus

Salon de Fleurus is an educational institution dedicated to assembling, preserving, and exhibiting memories on early modern art. Its permanent exhibit, titled from The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, located at 41 Spring Street, New York, was open to the public from 1992 – 2013. A selection from the Salon’s permanent collection was part of the Fiction Reconstructed that was shown in Ljubljana, Belgrade and Budapest from 2000 to 2002. In 2002, Salon de Fleurus was included in the Whitney Biennial, Sydney Biennial, and exhibition Am Anfang der Bevegung stand ein Skandal in the Lenbachhaus Munich. Selections from the Salon’s permanent collection were also shown at the exhibitions What is Modern Art? (Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 2006), The Making of Americans (James Gallery, CUNY Graduate Center, New York), Les Fleurs Americaines (Le Plateau, Paris, 2012), and The Unmaking of Art (e-flux, New York, 2015). In 2011, the Metabolic Studio (Los Angeles) opened another version of the Salon de Fleurus, with a collection titled Portraits and Prayers that more closely resembles the early twentieth century Paris Salon and traveled to Ashkal Alwan in Beirut, 2014.


touring schedule

QUT Art Museum
Brisbane, Australia
June 16, 2018 - August 26, 2018

Handwerker Gallery
Ithaca, New York, United States
January 31, 2018 - March 4, 2018

McDonough Museum of Art
Youngstown, OH, United States
September 8, 2017 - November 3, 2017

Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb
Zagreb, Croatia
October 1, 2016 - January 31, 2017

Stacion - Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina
Prishtina, Republic of Kosovo
July 3, 2016 - August 26, 2016

Muzeum Sztuki
Łódź, Poland
March 18, 2016 - May 15, 2016

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