From today until May 20, 2013, the Centre Pompidou — one of the world’s most well-known modern art museums — is welcoming a retrospective on Jesus Rafael Soto. This Venezuelan master was at the forefront the kinetic art movement in the 1950s, and his works represent a significant source of inspiration for the kinetic artists who followed him.
About 20 major works will be displayed at the Centre Pompidou, which has benefited from a generous donation that the family of the late artist made to the French state. As such, the exhibition also represents the affinity that existed between Soto and the country of France.
For those who are unfamiliar with kinetic art, the Soto retrospective provides an excellent introduction. Drawing inspiration from geometric forms, abstraction and dematerialization, kinetic art is a visually stimulating and exciting form of expression. Jesus Rafael Soto, who passed away in 2005, is considered to be one of the driving forces behind the European kinetic art movement in the 1950s and 1960s. The retrospective will present works dating from 1955 to 2004, as the artist remained active right up until his death. As a result, spectators can see the evolution of Soto’s style and perspective throughout the years.
One of the most notable traits that Soto possessed was his refusal to take advantage of the popularity of optical art, which to him was too easy. Instead, with kinetic art, he strived to integrate the spectator into the work — a much harder task that required a large amount of skill and nuance from the artist.
Now, guests staying at one of the Grands Hôtels Parisiens can see Soto’s technique and mastery of kinetic art for themselves. Located near the center of Paris, the Centre Pompidou is easily accessible from the Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal, Hôtel Plaza Tour Eiffel and the Hôtel Powers.