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.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF MODERN ART, NEW DELHI, INDIA
From 28/01/2020 to 30/04/2020
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, FRANCE
From 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: email@example.com Tel. 01 85 76 55 55
CENTRE POMPIDOU, CINEMA 1, PARIS, FRANCE
25/06/2019 at 7:00 pm
Cairo Biennale - Group show
Cairo Biennale, Center of Art, Aicha Fahmy Palace, Gérard Garouste guest of honour
CENTER OF ART - AICHA FAHMY PALACE, CAIRO, EGYPT
From 10/06/2019 to 10/08/2019
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.
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.