Topor: A Vision of the World at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris

From March 28, 2017 to July 16, 2017
  • Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris

    Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris

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Topor: A Vision of the World at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris paris fr

 

Roland Topor (1938-1997) used his drawing skills to express his unfettered imagination through satirical illustrations for newspapers and publishers (including Hara-Kiri in the 1960s), posters, animated films, TV shows, and theatre sets and costumes. This retrospective marks 20 years since his death and demonstrates the great diversity of his artistic production. It celebrates this unconventional artist and his immense graphic genius, who declared that “the only true invention is happiness” and co-founded the Panic movement in 1962 Fernando Arrabel and Alexandro Jodorowsky.

The BNF has drawn works from the national archives and those donated by Topor’s son to put on this exhibition, which has been split into four parts, each representing a different facet of the artist’s oeuvre. Enjoy press sketches, illustrations, work for the entertainment industry – including drawings for cinema, television, theatre or the opera – and book illustrations. An ever-curious reader, Topor illustrated the texts of several authors who he considered kindred spirits:  Jacques Sternberg, Boris Vian and Marcel Aymé to name a few.

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