Gerard Garouste, l’Intranquille, at the Centre Pompidou

Gerard Garouste, l’Intranquille, at the Centre Pompidou
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The painting of Gérard Garouste isn’t done for pleasure, but to ask questions and overturn every certainty - it is a painting that disturbs, but in a sort of game where the rules are constantly changing. One of the most important French contemporary painters, Garouste is, now, protagonist of an ample retrospective at the Centre Pompidou. Around 120 paintings, plus installations, sculptures and graphic works, illustrate, in all its richness, the unclassifiable career of the Intranquille, his art and life, studies and madness. Born in 1946, from an early age, Garouste asked himself about the future of painting. To the wave of abstract art and with the radical provocations of artists like Duchamp, he responded with uncompromising figurative work, often based on ancient techniques, in which the subject is merely a pretext to stimulate visions and reflections. In the exhibition, we become aware that we’re looking at a lifetime’s research - from mythological painting, exemplified by the opposing and complementary figures of Le Classique and the Indien (apollonian and dyonisian), Dante’s Divine Comedy, from the Bible to the Jewish tradition of the Talmud, up to the literature of Cervantes and Kafka, Garouste reinterprets the great works of art of the past on giant and enigmatic canvases, where the final word belongs to the spectator, called upon to reflect and arrive at their own personal interpretation.

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