Gérard Garouste

Selected works


Born in 1946 in Paris, Gérard Garouste lives and works in Paris and Normandy. He is one of the leading figures in French art. As both painter and sculptor, he is obsessed by the origins of our culture, myths and the legacy left us by the old masters. His own life is the springboard for his work on ‘dismantling images and words’ and his fascination with the questions of origins, time and transmission. His paintings are born of associations of ideas. Now unsettling, now joyful, they teem with animals, some of them fantastical, and a cast of different characters. His sources range from the Bible to popular culture and literary greats, from Cervantes to Rabelais.

Centre Pompidou – Retrospective

The National museum of modern art – Centre Pompidou opened a large-scale retrospective dedicated to Gérard Garouste, one of the most important contemporary French painters and an advocate of uncompromising figuration.


Alongside 120 major paintings, often of very large format, the exhibition provides space for the artist’s installations, sculptures and graphical works. This retrospective enables us to grasp the full richness of the unclassifiable career of artist whose life and enigmatic body of work, governed by study but also by madness, sustain each other in a gripping dialogue.

Centre Pompidou, Paris

From September 7, 2022 to January 2nd, 2023


« Moi Je » – group show

The UNAM Biennale gathers around forty artists who illustrate with originality and talent their vision of “Moi, Je” and its present and future challenges in the mutations of an obviously dangerous society and withdrawal into oneself.

Biennale de l’UNAM (Union Méditerranéenne pour l’Art Moderne)

Château-Musée Grimaldi, Haut-de-Cagnes – Place du Château, Cagnes-sur-Mer

From June 12, 2021 to January 3, 2022


Gérard Garouste – Solo Show

Under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture, the French Institute and with the support of private sponsors, Gérard Garouste’s retrospective at the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi will be an unparalleled opportunity to discover the artist’s imaginary and historical repertoire – which includes, among its sources of inspiration, myths and legends, religion and folklore. The exhibition will feature over sixty paintings covering 40 years of creation, from 1980 to 2019.


From 28/01/2020 to 30/04/2020


Meeting with Gérard Garouste, a major figure in French painting – conference

Charlotte Chastel-Rousseau, co-curator of the ongoing Greco exhibition in Paris, interviews Gérard Garouste, a major figure in French painting and great admirer of the Spanish master, at the Grand Palais as part of the “Greco à deux voix” series of talks.
Gérard Garouste questions the origins of our culture, ancient masters’ heritage and the myths. His paintings are in turn disturbing and joyful, populated by different characters sometimes close to those of Greco. Spanish painting, of which he loves the strength, the colours, the profusion of blacks and the mystical side, had a fundamental role in his decision to become a painter.

GRAND PALAIS, PARIS, FRANCE Wednesday 13/11 at 6:30 pm


Gérard Garouste et l’école des prophètes – Solo show

This Summer, Gérard Garouste has expressed the wish to install some of his works in the new rooms of the Remembrance Place of Chambon sur Lignon. Familiar with the Talmud, the artist wanted to know more about these young Jews, who in the darkest hours of Nazism had reflected on the revival of Jewish thought by calling themselves, with a touch of provocation, the School of prophets.

Gérard Garouste’s painting draws its inspiration from the Talmudic tradition, the horror of the Shoah and its personal history. The exhibition offers a journey between painting and biblical texts, between art and history, around a selection of paintings that resonate with the reflections of this group of thinkers.


LIEU DE MEMOIRE, CHAMBON-SUR-LIGNON, FRANCEFrom 05/07/2019 to 29/09/2019


“En Chemin” – Movie projection

Serge Lasvignes, André Djaoui, Daniel Templon, are pleased to invite you to the screening of Garouste’s film “En Chemin”. A film written by Stéphane Miquel and directed by Vivien Desouches. The screening will be followed by a discussion between Gérard Garouste and Olivier Kaeppelin.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 7 pm, Center Pompidou – Cinema 1

Reservation recommended: Matthieu Durand: rsvp@templon.com Tel. 01 85 76 55 55


Cairo Biennale – Group show

Cairo Biennale, Center of Art, Aicha Fahmy Palace, Gérard Garouste guest of honour

CENTER OF ART - AICHA FAHMY PALACE, CAIRO, EGYPTFrom 10/06/2019 to 10/08/2019


Art eats art

In the framework of the Gastronomic Year in Provence–MPG 2019, the Regards de Provence Museum is showcasing « L’Art Mange l’Art” et “De la table au tableau”, two exhibitions that bring together works of artists from the XIX to XXIst century on the theme of food, its pleasures and the art of the table.

Museum Regards de Provence, Marseille, France


Zeugma. Le grand oeuvre drolatique – solo show

Gérard Garouste, one of the most popular French artists of his generation, is marking spring 2018 with three new exhibitions in Paris: at Galerie Templon, the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, and the Beaux-Arts de Paris.

From March 15 to April 15, Gérard Garouste will be investing the outstanding glass-in atrium of the Beaux-Arts de Paris with a series of monumental installations and theatrical devices. Fake tapestries, labyrinths, oculi, anamorphoses will invite the visitor to enter this Grand Oeuvre Drolatique, mixing hidden significations and fantasies, references to the sacred and religious texts as well as evocations of Rabelais and Dante.
The exhibition unveils a more confidential aspect of the artist’s work through 4 large installations created in between 1987 and 2003 : Les Indiennes, La Dive Bacbuc, Ellipse et Les Saintes Ellipses. Never reunited before, they will be shown for the first time in Paris in 15 years.

BEAUX-ARTS DE PARIS, PARIS, FRANCE From 15/03/2018 to 15/04/2018


Diane et Actaeon – solo show

Gérard Garouste, one of the most popular French artists of his generation, is marking spring 2018 with three new exhibitions in Paris: at Galerie Templon, the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, and the Beaux-Arts de Paris.

For his exhibition at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (March 13 – July 1), Gérard Garouste has taken a close interest in the myth of Diana and Actaeon, one of the most beautiful tales recounted by the Latin poet Ovid (43 BC – 17 AD) in his Metamorphoses: The myth, that examines perception, desire and capture, offered the perfect subject for Gérard Garouste. The result, going far beyond simply fulfilling a first 2015 commission awarded by the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, was a series of studies, drawings and canvasses all based on the theme ; providing an echo of older works illustrating the same theme and forming part of the permanent collections.



MUSEE DE LA CHASSE ET DE LA NATURE, PARIS, FRANCE From 13/03/2018 to 01/07/2018


Les Garouste, Complot de famille – solo show

This is a very singular exhibition which will be presented this summer at the Hauterives Palace / Drôme. Singular in two ways. For the first time, Gérard Garouste – emblematic figure of French painting – and his wife, Elizabeth Garouste – designer – exhibit together. For the first time, this is their shared passion for « art brut » (outsider art) that get them together, right here where Facteur Cheval erected his famous Ideal Palace, considered as the international reference of « art brut ».

Quite naturally, the extravagant creations of David Rochline – Elizabeth’s brother, deceased in 2015, found their place in this exciting family venture, like the ones of children from La Source association, henceforth at the heart of their artistic and civic concerns.


CHATEAU DE HAUTERIVES, DROME, FRANCEFrom 5/06/2017 to 9/31/2017

Golem! – group show

With 136 works from 28 institutions and private lender, this exhibiton at the MAHJ explores the rich future of the Golem’s figure in the visual arts, through a journey mixing painting, drawing, photography, theatre, cinema, literature, comic and video games. From the presentation of a remarkable Sefer Yetsirah (“Book of Creation”) printed in Mantua in 1612 to the movie clip from Terminator 2, through works of Boris Aronson, Christian Boltanski, Gérard Garouste, Antony Gormley, Philip Guston, Amos Gitaï, R.B. Kitaj or Anselm Kiefer, the exhibition reveals how this medieval Jewish legend still effects today in a globalized imaginary world.




À la croisée des sources  – solo show

The Museum of Fine Arts in Mons (BAM) is dedicating a major exhibition to French painter Gérard Garouste, gathering over 80 works, some of them monumental in size. This selection will give an original overview of his entire career. The exhibition was mainly and for the first time conceived following the framework of Cervantes novel Don Quixote . Salle Saint-Georges – at a stone’s throw from BAM – will host an installation specially designed by Garouste. It invites visitors to lose themselves among the twists and turns of a labyrinth created out of around 35 monumental canvases – a unique physical and visual experience.

This exhibition, curated by Bernard Marcelis and Xavier Roland, BAM’s Director, will also exclusively reveal two of his sketch books – a rare opportunity that allows us to enter the private world of his artistic process.

Press visit on Friday, September 23, 2016, 11 a.m.

Opening on Friday, September 23, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

BEAUX-ARTS MONS, MONS, FRANCE From 9/24/2016 to 1/29/2017


Sèvres Outdoors – group show

Gerard Garouste participates in the third edition of Sevres Outdoors, organized by the Cité de la ceramique. About thirty outdoor and monumental artworks are shown, some even for the first time, in the garden of the Cité.


En chemin

The Maeght Foundation dedicates its summer exhibition, which will exceptionally run until the 29 November, to French painter Gérard Garoust.

En chemin is an opportunity to discover a set of about 80 paintings, sculptures and drawings with new works, specially created in 2015. The exhibition’s retrospective dimension is completed by a strong focus on the current researchs of Gérard Garouste. It also presents unpublished notebooks, offering the visitor a look behind the scenes of the painter-alchemist. The exhibition layout proposes a provocative journey of interpretations and free associations.

Gérard Garouste’s popularity is only equaled by his singularity. “Never ask directions from someone who knows the way, you risk not getting lost”*: this quote tells all about the whole process of the artist, who chooses figuration, the study of myths and founding archetypes to better explore human intimacytoday.

*Rabbi Nachman



Busan Biennale

From September 20th 2014 to November 22th 2014

Galerie Templon is proud to announce artists Philippe Cognée, Gérard Garouste, Jitish Kallat and Chiharu Shiota’s participation to the 2014 Busan Biennale (September 20 – November 22) in Korea.

Entitled Inhabiting the world,this edition gathers around 160 artists from 30 countries, with a main exhibition, two special exhibitions, diverse academic programs international exchange events and participatory events.

Under the direction of Olivier Kaeppelin, the main exhibition focuses on the roles of art and artists in aworld of permanent state of economic, ecological and geo-political uncertainty. Inhabiting the world intends to explore the extraordinary constellation of artistic responses to the contemporary situations. 



Adventures of TruthPainting and philosophy: a narrativeCurator : Bernard Henri-Lévy(Group show)

From Saturday 29th June to Monday 11th November 2013

Painters and sculptors collaborated with the Catalan architect Josep Lluís Sert, creating works which were integrated into the building and the surrounding natural environment: the Giacometti courtyard, the Miró labyrinth with its sculptures and ceramics, the mosaic murals of Chagall and Tal Coat, Braque’s pond and stained glass window and Bury’s fountain. Indoor and outdoor spaces link up with each other through the sculpture garden, the courtyards, terraces and patios. The Maeght Foundation is already famous for its architecture and gardens; it is also home to one of Europe’s richest collections of modern and contemporary art. The greenery of its grounds makes the Maeght Foundation the ideal place to discover the great artists of our time. (…)

Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul de Vence, France


Le Défi du soleil

From May 23 2013

Le CNAP, en partenariat avec le Centre des monuments nationaux et la Direction générale des patrimoines installe au domaine national de Saint-Cloud Le défi du soleil, commandé à l’artiste en 1985 et prévu à l’origine pour le jardin du Palais-Royal. (…)

Domaine national de Saint-Cloud, France


Gérard Garouste retour aux sources

Vendredi 12 avril 2013 à 21h30
Diffusion sur France 5 du documentaire de Joël Calmettes Gérard Garouste retour aux sources.

Une production Chiloe Productions

France 5