RetroSpECTIVES

The 4 exhibitions presented here are the most representative of the work of Alain Jacquet. These 4 retrospectives, which cover 4 decades, offer the sharpest and most extensive look at the Jacquet horizon.

I. Donut flight 6078. ARC, Paris, Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris, April 27 – June 11, 1978.

This is Alain Jacquet’s first solo exhibition in a French public museum. It traces the artist’s journey from his beginnings in the 1960s. Images of Epinal, Sculptures, Camouflages, Patterns, works on Braille, on Earth and his Visions…: the French public can, for the first time, take the measure of Alain Jacquet’s work. This retrospective offers an overview of the artist’s universe. It allows a real reflection on the issues and the motives which cross the work of Alain Jacquet, and gives to see the secret architecture of his creation.

II. Alain Jacquet, Atelier de New-York 1980-1993, La Terre, National Museum of Modern Art, Center Georges Pompidou, Paris, Studio des Galeries contemporaines, October 26 – November 29, 1993.

Alain Jacquet, a fabulous image manipulator, shows Les Terres, a series he has produced since the early 1980s. The set presented, consisting of very large works, follows the artist’s line of work on the image of the Earth, which he started with his First Breakfast. We look at the 1980s, and focus on these lands to bring out the fantastic and spooky “visions” that Jacquet, sometimes, thought he saw.

III. Alain Jacquet, works from 1951 to 1998, Musée de Picardie, Amiens, March 21 – May 17, 1998.

A number of striking pieces from Alain Jacquet’s work, significant from the different sets and series he has designed since its inception, have been brought together in the exhibition at the Musée de Picardie. This exhibition highlights the recurrence of certain themes and reveals, from one work to another, stylistic and theoretical data that create the consistency of the artist’s approach, since the rereading of the masterpieces of the art through popular imagery, undertaken in the early 1960s, to the question of a possible representation of the planet, developed in the 1970s.

Alain Jacquet, Camouflages et Trames, MAMAC, Nice, January 29 – May 22, 2005

This last exhibition devoted to the work of Alain Jacquet ends with his “Camouflages” and his “Trames”. A very large number of works, dating from the 1960s to the 1990s, have been brought together for this ultimate retrospective. You can read the artist’s journey, the evolution of his work and his technique, and discover the “correspondences” that reveal the unity of his work.

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