Celebrating New Realism / Autour du Nouveau Réalisme

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Group exhibition, Les Abattoirs, Musée – Frac Occitanie Toulouse, Toulouse, France

February 2. – May 2017

Movement Nouveau Réalisme began in 1960 when  Pierre Restany wrote the manifesto “Déclaration Constitutive du Nouveau Réalisme” signed by  Arman, César, François Dufrêne, Raymond Hains, Yves Klein, Martial Raysse, Daniel Spoerri, Jean Tinguely and Jacques Villeglé, later on joined by Niki de Saint Phalle, Gérard Deschamps, Christo et al.

Manifesto addressed the rise in industrialisation and consumerism in society. Artist draw the materials for their works from the daily life of the early 1960s, Nouveau Realists used everyday objects, adverts, posters, junk, neon lights…  Each artist had their own particular method of creating a poetic recycling of urban, industrial and advertising reality. Their works were however dense and radical, marked by action and movement.

The exhibition will highlight how much the group has influenced public space, and our lives and will show the militant, often comical side to the work.

Tomaz Furlan’s  works  are part of  “A contemporary echo of Nouveau Réalisme”, presenting contemporary artists.


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