Daniel DEZEUZE, Patrick SAYTOUR, Claude VIALLAT at the Pont du Gard
October 11th, 2011 to March 13th, 2012
"Dezeuze painted frames without a canvas, I painted canvases without a frame, and Saytour painted the image of a frame on canvas.". Claude Viallat
Daniel Dezeuze, Patrick Saytour and Claude Viallat can be considered as the founding trio behind the Supports-Surfaces movement, an avant-garde trend in contemporary art which has profoundly influenced the history of art in the 20th century.
The principles behind the 'Supports-Surfaces' movement have allowed painting to rediscover its body, its flesh, and all its sensuality. According to the exhibition's curator, Bernard Ceysson, "there has been nothing as strong, as novel, as rich as this in the history of recent modern and contemporary art – since the great classical paintings of the Renaissance, since Impressionism and Cézanne."
Visitors will be astonished by the emotional force of the colours, and the sense of freedom to which they give rise. It is this colourful force which can crystallize human passions.
Those who yearn to understand the principles which inspire these artists can consult expert guides who are available throughout the exhibition period. The secrets behind the artworks, writings and teachings which inspire this style of painting – characteristic of the arty vibe at the end of the '60s and beginning of the '70s – will all be revealed.
In addition, Claude Viallat, sponsor of the Pont du Gard in 2011, will be hosting two cabaret performances in October and November: Pascal Comelade and Paco Ibanez, and a public reading/concert with Alain Montcouquiol and Philippe Cornier.