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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.






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


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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


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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, FRANCE
From 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.


 


MUSEE D’ART ET D’HISTOIRE DU JUDAISME, PARIS, FRANCE 
From 3/8/2017 to 7/16/2017
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