Jacques Villeglé



Founding member of the Nouveau Réalisme, precusor of Pop Art and pioneer of Street Art, Jacques Villeglé has had a profound impact on the art of the second half of the 20th century.

Born in 1926 in Quimper, he entered the Beaux-Arts of Rennes in 1945, where a meeting proves to be decisive, that with Raymond Hains.

In 1949, they began working together on torn posters, collected in the street.

In the street, they discovered how advertising billboards offer, at the chance of words, at the chance of their tears, of their layers, real treasures of poetry that you just have to peel off to appropriate them. 

The Affiches lacérées were born and the thaumaturgists Hains and Villeglé has turned them into what is called art.

Their first exhibition, "Loi du 29 juillet 1881 ou Le lyrisme à la sauvette", at the Colette Allendy Gallery, dates from 1957.

This was followed two years later by his first solo show, "Lacéré anonyme", at the François Dufrêne atelier.

On October 27th, 1960, Villeglé signed with Hains, Arman, Dufrêne, Klein, Tinguely, Raysse, Spoerri and Restany the founding declaration of the Nouveau Réalisme movement. 


Jacques Villeglé is a French visual artist, born in Quimper on March 27, 1926 and died in Paris on June 6, 2022.

Since 1957, date of his first exhibition at the Colette Allendy Gallery, Villeglé's work has been the subject of more than 200 solo and group shows around the world.

His work is included in several major international collections. 





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