BERNARD RÉQUICHOT

For Bernard Réquichot, who died in 1961 at the age of 32, writing goes along with painting, making collages, assembling, while remaining genuinely autonomous. His writings are not mere comments or considerations on his art.

Neither are they manifestoes meant to assert his place in the art world, to situate his practice in relation with that of his contemporaries. His writing took on a variety of forms and unfolded at the same time as his artistic activity : an unfinished novel, Faustus, poems, an undated journal and scattered texts.

Did the urge or necessity not to settle for one medium in favor of the other, to maintain balance and genuine autonomy in writing and painting, express the artist’s inability to choose, leading him to veer towards one or the other according to his needs at the time? Or did it express his lesser interest in the ultimate form of his work than in the energy invested and the aims to be achieved?


His work as an artist has earned him a prominent place in the abstract art of the 50s. It can be used as a starting point to question the articulation between painting and writing: beyond his own achievements, Réquichot’s research leads us to question the work of other artists/writers who were his contemporaries, who might have crossed paths with him and influenced him :

Michaux, Artaud, Unica Zürn, Christian Dotremont, Joan Brossa… But also a generation of younger artists who also played on a double, literary and artistic practice: Dominique Angel, Alain Fleisher, Titus Carmel, Henri Cueco, Paul Armand-Gette, Jean le Gac, Garouste, Valérie Mrejen, Edouard Levé…

Gestural, spontaneous and sometimes abrupt, Réquichot’s depiction of the world is all the more vibrant for it. His spiders, traces of graphite on paper, seem as though they were coming alive with an animal spirit, the spirit of the world.

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Bernard Réquichot's biography

EXHIBITIONS

PERSONAL

1955    Première exposition personnelle à la Galerie Lucien Durand, Paris

1957    Exposition personnelle à la Galerie Daniel Cordier, Paris

1961    Exposition personnelle à la Galerie Daniel Cordier, Paris

 

1973 « Rétrospective », Centre National d'Art Contemporain (CNAC), Paris

1977 « Bernard Réquichot : 1929-1961 », Musée de l'Abbaye Sainte-Croix, Les Sables d'Olonne

1992 « Hommage à Bernard Réquichot », Centre d'art contemporain, Château de Tanlay, Yonne

2019 « A la découverte de Bernard Réquichot », Galerie Alain Margaron, Paris

COLLECTIVES

 1989 « Donations Daniel Cordier », Centre Pompidou, Paris

 1995 « Passions privées, collection Daniel Cordier », Centre Pompidou

 1997 « Made in France : 1947-1997. Cinquante ans de création en France », Centre Pompidou, Paris

 2002 « Dado-Réquichot, la guerre des nerfs », Musée des Abattoirs, Toulouse

 2002 « Paris, Capital of Arts, 1900-1968 », Royal Academy of Arts, Londres

 2002 « Paris, Capital of Arts, 1900-1968 », Musée Guggenheim, Bilbao

 2003 « Roland Barthes », Centre Pompidou, Paris

 2005 « Big Bang. Destruction et création dans l'art du XXe siècle », Centre Pompidou, Paris

 2009 « Les désordres du plaisir », Centre Pompidou, Paris

 2012 « Collection Michael Werner », Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris, Paris

 2019 « Galeries du XXe siècle », Centre Pompidou, Paris

 2020 « Le rêveur de la forêt », Musée Zadkine, Paris

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