The Fragmented Vision of a Contemporary Music Composer

The Fragmented Vision of a Contemporary Music Composer

Pierre Henry is known the world over for his talents as a musical composer. Born in 1927, the French composer was one of the inventors of a style of music called 'musique concrète,' which blends electronic and acoustic sounds with interesting results. Henry first began his experiments with music as a teenager, attempting to create music out of the noise produced by different objects.

In the 1940s, the talented musician met Pierre Schaeffer, a meeting that would change Henry's life forever as it resulted in the creation of an entirely new form of music when the two composers created 'musique concrète' together. Henry and Schaeffer developed this style throughout the 1940s and 1950s, and in the 1970s Henry began his collaboration with the art world.

In 1971, Henry began to perform his contemporary music at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, a modern art museum in Paris also known simply as the MAM. For the past 20 years, Henry has also honed his skills as a visual artist, using this form of art to enhance his work with sound. In this context, the composer-artist created a variety of mixed-media works — often done on wood panels with various fragments of materials attached.

Now, the MAM is continuing its long collaboration with Pierre Henry by presenting an exhibition entitled 'Pierre Hentry, Self Portrait in 53 Tableaus.' The exhibition runs from June 27 until December 1, 2013 and gives visitors the chance to embark on a journey through the musical and visual world of this multi-talented artist.

Guests staying at one of the Grands Hôtels Parisiens have the opportunity to see this exhibition during their visit to Paris. Located on the Avenue du Président Wilson, the MAM is centrally located quite close to the hotels.