Bernard Réquichot (1929-1961)

Paper Collages and Painting

November 10, 2013 - March 23, 2014

The French artist Bernard Réquichot (1929–1961) is practically unknown in Germany. He developed sculptures, paintings and paper collages, for which he employed clippings from periodicals and magazines. Réquichot was an autodidact whose very brief artistic career came to an end through suicide: He jumped out his studio window on the day before the opening of his exhibition.

Réquichot initially painted figuratively, shifting to abstraction around 1953/54. He took up the legacy of the Surrealists in his amorphous pictorial worlds. In the process, he experimented with various means of applying paint, treated human, animal, vegetable and material motifs, combined papercuts and found objects with his own painting. He soon also produced three-dimensional works with his box-shaped “reliquaries.”

A Parisian gallery put on Réquichot’s first solo exhibition in 1955 and it was followed by further presentations, including a group show at the Galerie Iris Clert. His drawings were posthumously displayed in 1964 at documenta III in Kassel. The Langen Foundation is exhibiting paper collages as well as paintings by Bernard Réquichot.

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Bernard Réquichot, Sans Titre, 1957 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2013

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