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This major show dedicated to Raysse, one of the most important living French painters and winner of the 2014 Praemium Imperiale, takes over the atrium and both floors of Palazzo Grassi. It is the first monographic exhibition dedicated to the artist outside of France since 1965.

Curated by Caroline Bourgeois in close collaboration with the artist, the exhibition brings together more than 300 works from 1958 to the present day—paintings, sculptures, videos and neon works—almost half of which have never been shown to the public (some are works in progress to be displayed for the first time at Palazzo Grassi). The course of the exhibition, which is non-chronological, offers a new point of view on the work of Martial Raysse by underlining, on the one hand, the multifaceted nature of his artistic production, and, on the other hand, the continuous dialogue and echo he has established among his works throughout his 60 years of career.

“I never doubted that if I gave the best of myself, I would be respected one day,” said the 79-year-old artist in a recent interview in Venice “It is a revenge on the idiots who have despised me for so many years.”

The work of Martial Raysse has been exhibited in many institutions, among which the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; the SMAK, Ghent; The Menil Collection, Houston… Monographic shows have also been presented, including at the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris; at the Musée Picasso, Antibes and more recently at the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Furthermore, the artist represented France at the 33rd Venice Art Biennale (1962). 

The scenography - and in particular the display victims in the atrium of Palazzo Grassi - was entrusted to Martin Szekely whose works are presented in museums such as the MoMA, the Centre Pompidou and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the MUDAM in Luxembourg. 

This exhibition is part of a series of major solo shows dedicated to contemporary artists - Urs Fischer in 2012, Rudolf Stingel in 2013 - presented alternately with thematic exhibitions of works from the Pinault Collection. ”Martial Raysse” is on show throughout the 56th Venice Art Biennale.


April 12–November 30, 2015

Palazzo Grassi 
Campo San Samuele 3231


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