Modernism presents Jacques Villeglé; DÉCOLLAGES: 1960-2004, exhibiting May 9 – June 29, 2013.
For over sixty years, Jacques Villeglé’s work has played an important role in redefining what constitutes a work of art. He is an artist who was instrumental in bringing the streetscape into the space of the exhibition.
Villeglé began collecting objects lost or washed up on the beach at Saint-Malo for use in his earliest sculptures shortly after the Second World War. Since then, his art has always revealed an intense relationship with his perception of the world at its most brutally realistic. From 1949 onward, Jacques Villeglé began systematically collecting scraps of posters torn from walls around town, inventing a brand new artistic practice, which in turn gave rise to a new type of work of art. This radical re-appropriation of an otherwise ordinary material enabled him to capture the spirit of the times and the image of a society driven by communication, which expressed itself above all through its obsession with current affairs and the omnipresence of the media.