Wednesday 15 May 2013 -
The Chat Noir, arts and pleasures in Montmartre (1880-1910), exhibition
The literary, musical and artistic cabaret.
Le Chat Noir founded in 1881 by Rodolphe Salis in Montmartre was the first avant-garde literary, musical and artistic cabaret in Paris. This cabaret was the scene of innovation and improvisation where the evenings were not limited to the regular programs. Instead, they formed an unpredictable mix of song and patter, featuring shadow plays as one of the main attractions.
For the first time, a piano was permitted by the police. Pianists queued up to perform here: Paul and Albert Delmet Trinchant. Erik Satie, Claude Debussy and Gustave Charpentier also composed music there.
This exhibition evokes the atmosphere of literature, art and music at the Chat Noir through over 200 works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edouard Vuillard, Theophile-Alexandre Steinlen, Adolphe Willette, the Nabis and Symbolists.
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