Lyon, 25 January 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Lyon’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC Lyon) will host a retrospective of the works of Robert Combas, entitled “Robert Combas, Greatest Hits”
French artist Robert Combas (born in 1957) enjoys international recognition. In the 1980s, he became known for his new, figurative style of painting linked to the “Figuration Libre” movement. The committed artist’s work was inspired by society, people and music; put simply, it took inspiration and incorporated elements of immediately recognisable popular culture.
Last summer, the museum launched a search for 15 of the painter’s best works in order to organise the retrospective, which is the first solo exhibition of the artist’s work on such a grand scale. The exhibition will bring together almost 300 works from both public and private collections in Europe, Asia and the United States. Furthermore, several works belonging to private foundations are to be unveiled to the public for the first time. Moreover, previously unseen works specially created by the artist for the exhibition are to be displayed too.
The upper floors of the MAC Lyon will present the retrospective in a chronologically themed layout, with background music chosen by the artist from his personal collection. Towards the end of the exhibition, projections of the artist’s multimedia works , such as his “tableaux musicaux”, will be displayed.
Combas plans to set up a functioning studio which is to form part of the exhibition, where he will create works, and also meet prominent members of the art world as well as members of the public.