4 choices in Paris Centre Pompidou #2 : Jacques Villeglé “la comédie urbaine”

Another alternative to the permanent collection and Futurism in Paris is on the upper level of  Paris Centre Pompidou. Enter next door to Futurism, and enjoy the Urban Comedy by Jacques Villeglé.

Since the late 1940s, he’s been using a single material, street posters, and one technique, put these on canvas and torn the paper. His work is a record of events and changes of urban society, with a critical, esthetical and playful mood.

la-femmela Femme, rue Desprez et Vercingétorix,(Paris 75014) 1966, March 13.

All of his works have their own title and mention the name of the street and the day the poster was found. He uses previous alterations to the original poster and plays with typography as well as with color.


Since the last decade, he’s been working with a group of friends, collecting posters in cities of South France. Don’t miss the two films shown in the exhibition, particularly the one including an interview of the artist, who appears as a charming old man, very simple and elegant, with a soft voice and a lot of humor.

And do visit his great personal site : http://villegle.free.fr/ It takes you into a delightful virtual journey in Jacques Villeglé‘s urban poetic universe.

Jacques Villeglé, la comédie urbaine, up to January 5, everyday except Tuesday from 11 AM to 9 PM, up to 11 PM on thursday. Galerie 2, level 6, Centre Pompidou. Price € 12 for one day, entry to the permanent collection and all temporary exhibitions.

Centre Pompidou, place Georges Pompidou, 75001 Paris Metro Rambuteau or Hotel de Ville. Tel : 33(0)1 44 78 12 33. More information on : http://www.cnac-gp.fr/


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