Babi Badalov, "Contemporary Art", 2018, collection les Abattoirs, Musée-Frac Occitanie Toulouse, peinture acrylique sur velours, 93 x 127 cm © Babi Badalov ; photo courtesy Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris

L'art et le mot [Art and the Word]

Artists : Babi Badalov, Jean Bazaine, Pierre Buraglio, Juliette Green, Guerrilla Girls, Marion Mounic, Libia Posada, Éric Pougeau, Miguel Ángel Rojas, Léo Scalpel, Béatrice Utrilla

J’ai tellement aimé les arts que je suis artilleur
Guillaume Apollinaire, 1916

The inaugural exhibition in the Petit Hall at Toulouse Capitole University brings together works that highlight the interaction between image and word, between reading and perception. The use of words in art emerged with the avant-gardes of the early twentieth century. This very close relationship has continued to assert itself right up to the present day in contemporary art. The word has become a plastic sign in the same way as colour and form, serving a poetic language, existential questions, memory... - Jean Bazaine, Pierre Buraglio, Juliette Green, Éric Pougeau, Léo Scalpel, Béatrice Utrilla -. The use of the word is also a political act, taking the form of manifesto works by activist artists intent on challenging the dominant authority - Babi Badalov, Guerrilla Girls -. Others - Marion Mounic, Libia Posada, Miguel Ángel Rojas - denounce injustice and try to make the voices of the oppressed heard.

From visual poetry to various forms of expression, Art and the Word explores this fascinating and complex relationship between graphic dynamics and their signifying charge.

Exhibition of works from the collections of Les Abattoirs, Musée - Frac Occitanie Toulouse

Curated by Paule Géry and Emmanuelle Hamon