Lemaître: “Done with Filming”

news_august_17_01It’s been a while since Lemaître published a photographic artist book and we have to salute the initiative, the perseverance and the success of this book, published by Christian Lebrat and his editions Paris Expérimental, a publishing house exclusively dedicated for 30 years to avant-garde and experimental cinema. The book is based on a film made by Lemaître between 1985-1990. The film and book uses screen shots taken from films of the French New Wave, to which Lemaître adds hypergraphics and an interview-like commentary.
“Fin de Tournage”
Maurice Lemaître
Editions Paris Expérimental
, 104 p, 191 illustrations, 500 copies English/French, 35€ (+20 signed deluxe copies)

Isou in Berlin: a comprehensive exhibition

news_august_17_02Twelth and last exhibition at La Plaque Tournante in Berlin, but also the very first monographic exhibition of Isidore Isou (“From Lettrism to Eternity”) in Germany, displaying more than 500 items such as manuscripts, flyers, photos, drawings, films and sounds documents, multiples, objects, and paintings from 1945 until his death in 2007. The opening will also be the occasion to see performances of the Lettrists Curtay and Broutin, a presentation of the Romanian translation of “Uprising of the Youth” by Igor Mocanu, a Lettrist recital by Loré Lixenberg, as well as diffusions of Isou’s musics that were orchestrated by Frédéric Acquaviva, who is also the curator of this important exhibition.
August 29 – September 29 (opening August 29, 7-10pm)
“From Lettrism to Eternity”
La Plaque Tournante
Sonnenallee 99, 12045 Berlin,

Wolman and Brau at MAMAC, Nice/France

news_august_17_03How wonderful and surprising are Wolman’s scotch art rods…., we’ll never get bored with them! Use the opportunity this summer to go and visit the Contemporary Art Museum in Nice to see the permanent collections where Wolman and his friend Jean-Louis Brau are now exhibited.
MAMAC, Collection d’Art Moderne
Place Yves Klein, 06364 Nice/France

Wolman and Dufrêne at Museum Ludwig, Cologne/Germany

news_august_17_04The collection of works of the sixties that belonged to the chief art conservator of the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum and the Museum Ludwig in Cologne ,Wolfgang Hahn, is now on display at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne under the title “Art into Life”. For all pieces of the collection the artists used everyday life as source for inspiration and everyday objects as art material. Among works of Joseph Beuys, George Brecht, John Cage, Philip Corner, Merce Cunningham, Öyvind Fahlström, Robert Filliou, Ludwig Gosewitz, Raymond Hains, Al Hansen, Dick Higgins, Allan Kaprow, Alison Knowles, Boris Lurie, Gordon MattaClark, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Lawrence Weiner , Wolf Vostell and many others, there are also works of: François Dufrêne and Gil J Wolman.
until September 24
“Kunst ins Leben”
Museum Ludwig
Heinrich-Böll-Platz, 50667 Cologne/Germany

Death of Jean-Louis Sarthou

news_august_17_05We have just learnt about the death of Jean-Louis Sarthou (on this photo 3rd on the left, with glasses), last April, at seventy years old. Jean-Louis was a member of the Lettrist group between 1966 and 1973. He must be remembered as the director of the famous Lemaître theater play “The ascent of the phoenix M.B.”, that he created at the Paris American Center in 1969, with the help of his wife Dany Tayarda and his friend Edouard Berreur among others. The three of them founded the CARRN (Artistic Center of Research and Realizations on Novelty) and Berreur published in 1971 the only Lettrist book by Sarthou in his series of magazines “Ipergraphi”, which is a very strange stapled book, quite similar of the famous “Paper Flux Events” of Maciunas, which will be realized five years later.


Past Lemaître Exhibitions