Gallery Hopping: Jacques Villeglé Opens Galerie Vallois’s Second Paris Branch

The nonagenarian artist reflects on his own oeuvre.

Jacques Villeglé
Jacques Villeglé "Opération quimpéroise" - Place de Locronan
Photo: Soktha Tang courtesy Galerie GP & N Vallois
Jacques Villeglé & Raymond Hains Penelope 12 Photo: Soktha Tang courtesy Galerie GP & N Vallois

Jacques Villeglé & Raymond Hains,  Penelope 12
Photo: Soktha Tang courtesy Galerie GP & N Vallois

Galerie Georges-Philippe et Nathalie Vallois, credited with putting on the first French shows of artists like Paul McCarthy and Gilles Barbier, marked some major milestones this month: The opening of its second Paris location at Rue de Seine and the gallery’s 20 anniversary were marked with a double exhibition of acclaimed French artist Jacques Villeglé.

The exhibition “Villeglé–Opération Quimpéroise”, at 36 Rue de Seine, also celebrated Villeglé’s 90th birthday.

In a self-reflective twist, the show contains works made from posters for an exhibition which celebrated the artist’s 80th birthday, which were later defaced and covered by posters for upcoming events after the exhibition had passed. Villeglé took down and framed these in the vein of a found object while making a reference to his own early practice of poster slashing.

Meanwhile, the second show “Villeglé & Hains: Pénélope,” on view just a stone’s throw away at 33 Rue de Seine, comprises a series of collages, paintings, drawings, sketches, and notebooks based on the unfinished experimental film Pénélope (1950-1954) rendered in a Situationist tradition. The film is bases on “Ulysses’s wife’s ploy, undoing during the night what she had woven in the course of the day.”

You can view images from the exhibition below:

Jacques Villeglé "Opération quimpéroise" - Place de Locronan Photo: courtesy

Jacques Villeglé “Opération quimpéroise” –  Place de Locronan
Photo: Soktha Tang courtesy Galerie GP & N Vallois

 

Jacques Villeglé "Opération quimpéroise" - Esplanade Mitterrand (2006) Photo: Soktha Tang courtesy Galerie GP & N Vallois

Jacques Villeglé “Opération quimpéroise” – Esplanade Mitterrand (2006)
Photo: Soktha Tang courtesy Galerie GP & N Vallois

 

Jacques Villeglé & Raymond Hains (1952) Photo: Soktha Tang courtesy Galerie GP & N Vallois

Jacques Villeglé & Raymond Hains (1952)
Photo: Soktha Tang courtesy Galerie GP & N Vallois

 

“Jacques Villeglé & Raymond Hains” and “Villeglé – Opération Quimpéroise” will be on view at Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois until May 13, 2016.


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