Guillaume Bruère, Nina Childress, Olivia Clavel, Bertrand Dezoteux, Julie Doucet, Paul van der Eerden, Steve Gianakos, Killoffer, Mirka Lugosi, Bertrand Mandico, Antoine Marquis, Guillaume Pinard, Hugues Reip, Jean-Xavier Renaud, Elsa Sahal, Dasha Shishkin, Taroop & Glabel, Daniel Spoerri, Nicolas Topor, Henk Visch, Willem, and Roland Topor.
Roland Topor was an insatiable creator. He defined himself as “a simple paper worker”, but his work is impressive and protean: drawings, novels, films, plays, and television programs. His carnivalesque mind, his cruel derision, his thundering laughter have infused into us.
His first drawing was published in the journal “Bizarre” in 1958, and his first anthology of drawings in 1960 was entitled “Les Masochistes”.
In 1962, Roland Topor goes on having fun and fascinating us. He founds the group “Panique” with his friends Fernando Arrabal and Alejandro Jodorowsky.
“Panique” pays homage to Pan, the god of love and fornication, of humor and confusion. “Panique” was born as a reaction to the dogmatism of André Breton, who liked neither rock, nor science fiction, nor pornography.
In 1964, his book “Le locataire chimérique” was published. It will be adapted for the cinema a few years later by Roman Polanski. And his animated film “La Planète Sauvage” made with René Laloux, was awarded the special jury award at the 1973 Cannes film festival.
From the beginning of the seventies on, Topor has had steady exhibitions in galleries. Today he is thought as one of the most important drawers of the twentieth century.
During an interview with Eddy Devolder in 1994, Roland Topor said, “ I laugh about what is tragic, reality gives me asthma. I am like a schoolboy who writes and draws, it is among human means to mess up paper. I like art, because it is a way to evacuate culpability and just keep pleasure.”
This exhibition is not homage, strictly speaking. The guest artists have not made new works for the occasion. It has only been a question of selecting drawings, paintings and films, by elective affinities, and finding connivances.
Topor explained he drew or wrote in order to find allies. This is only the project of this exhibition: to find, in these allies, the mind of Topor.
This exhibition is meant to be generous, rich and diverse, in his image, the opportunity to discover the works of 21 artists, as well as a set of drawings by Roland Topor.
Special thanks to Alexandre Devaux, Pacôme Thiellement and Nicolas Topor,
and the galleries : Air de Paris, Bernard Jordan, Tim Van Laere (Antwerp), Semiose, Papillon, Produzentengalerie (Hamburg), and Susanne Vielmetter (Los Angeles)
pastel gras et crayon sur papier
70 x 50 cm
Les nids des oiseaux d’or, 2017
acrylique sur carton
22 x 30,5 cm
867 Autoportrait au slip I, 2012
61 x 46 cm
courtesy galerie Bernard Jordan
film d‘animation, 20 minutes
encre sur support imprimé
16,5 x 10 cm
Paul van der Eerden
Sans titre (031), 2018
crayon et crayon de couleur sur papier
21 x 14.7 cm
courtesy galerie Bernard Jordan
Untitled (Monkey Girl), 1992
mixed media on paper
26 x 28 1/2 inches
Les couilles enragées, 2016
crayon sur papier
39 x 48 cm
Craven A, 2015
crayon de couleur sur papier
44 x 32 cm
courtesy Air de Paris
sans titre, 2018
collage et aquarelle sur Rhodoïd
9 x 9 cm
Costumes pour un spectacle, 2018
acrylique et pastel gras sur papier
15 x 10 cm
pastel sec sur papier
25 x 33 cm / 30 x 38 cm (avec cadre)
Noir Dessein, 2015
encre, crayon, aquarelle, acrylique & ailes de papillons sur papier
21,7 x 14,7 cm
Voisins vigilants police, 2018
aquarelle sur papier,
78 x 108 cm
Nue posée, 2018
céramique émaillée, verre soufflé rose
93 x 47 x 69 cm
courtesy galerie Papillon
you saw me see it but you are not going to see me saw it, 2018
acrylique sur toile
101,5 x 101,5 cm
Conversation avec Roland Topor, 1991
assemblage, technique mixte
105 x 50 cm
NO (1/4), 2018
crayon noir sur papier
(x4) 42,5 x 29,5 cm
courtesy galerie Tim Van Laere