Friday 20 May 2016, 7pm
On the theme of the Water Lilies, leading figures from the art world are invited to share their admiration for Monet and talk about how they found sources of inspiration in the painter’s work for their own creations. These talks will be led by Philippe Piguet, art historian and journalist.
Jean-Pierre Raynaud was born in Courbevoie in 1939.
His artistic career began in 1964 in Paris at the Salon de la Jeune Sculpture. Since then, he has exhibited in numerous countries (Japan, Korea, United Arab Emirates, Cuba, and Belgium, among others) and is now renowned worldwide.
The work that marked the start of his career was his house in La Celle Saint-Cloud, built in 1969. Having covered it entirely with white tiles, he lived there for 24 years before demolishing it. The debris was exhibited in surgical containers at the Musée d'Art Contemporain in Bordeaux.
His fetishistic themes are: street signs, plant pots, white ceramic tiles with black grout, flags and currently paint pots. His sources of inspiration become symbols and are developed in a variety of forms and colours.
Before reaching its final setting in the Centre Pompidou in Paris, one of his giant gilded plant pots was exhibited inside the Forbidden City in Peking, and suspended from a crane above the Potsdamer Platz construction site in Berlin.
Amongst Jean-Pierre Raynaud’s works are a number of monumental pieces. These include the stained glass windows of the Noirlac Abbey, the "Carte du Ciel" in the four patios of the Great Arch of La Défense and a nuclear vault on a ceiling in the Louvre.
In 2015, he produced a RAYNAUD book, published by Editions du Regard, summarising his career path, and designed as an exhibition the size of a book.