SPEEDY GRAPHITO, UN ART DE VIVE
October 22, 2016 - May 21, 2017
Opening Reception with the presence of the artist
Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 5:30pm
The Musée du Touquet-Paris-Plage is organizing the first museum retrospective of the artist Speedy Graphito, one of the pioneers of Street Art in France.
The exhibition employs the entirety of the museum’s Villa Way Side and takes the show back through the artist’s career, from its beginning in the 1980s (where one will find the famous poster la Rué vers l’art or the Lapinture character) to the recent works of the series “mon histoire de l’art” (“my art history”), which questions art and its legacy through a shifted perspective.
You will also find his work on the “De-construction of the Image” (déchirures (tears), Atomisation, pixelisation, etc…), the series of “New Technologies” in which reality is juxtaposed alongside the virtual universe, and “Urban Pop” that celebrates the art of graffiti.
The exhibition traces the artistic universe of Speedy Graphito, which questions untiringly the concept of the image in a timeless space, where Snow White eats the Apple logo and Scrooge McDuck is a graffiti artist.
About the Artist…
Speedy Graphito, aka Olivier Rizzo, a student of the Ecole Estienne, was first known in the early 1980s by his graffito of an almost hallucinogenic and wild-haired robot character. He revisits the classics of modern art with humor and created the Lapinture creature, a zoomorphic combination of the human body and a rabbit head that runs through his work as an iconic muse. The protean artist is sometimes referred to as a “DJ of plastic arts,” as he juggles between painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, performance and video. He incorporates into his compositions new technology and popular culture (manga, video games…). Today, Speedy Graphito in “mon histoire de l’art”, interrogates the consumerist society here at the beginning of our third millennium through the omnipresence of the image and the globalization of culture.
The exhibition is curated by Fabien Castanier
SPEEDY GRAPHTIO : Un Art de Vivre Retrospective
Le Musée du Touquet-Paris-Plage, Villa Way Side
Angle de l’avenue du Golf et de l’avenue du Château
62520 Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, France