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Who is Marc Desgrandchamps?

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Thursday 10 December 2015

Born in 1960 in Sallanches, Haute-Savoie, he studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris from 1978 to 1981 then moved to Lyon, where he still lives now. The “Vincent Corpet, Marc Desgrandchamps, Pierre Moignard” exhibition, organised by Fabrice Hergott in the Centre Pompidou in 1987, sparked off a real controversy: at the time, the art scene in France was dominated by approaches that were considered more “contemporary” (installations, videos) and people had gone off painting, especially representational and narrative painting, the style preferred by Desgrandchamps.

In 1995, he was featured for the first time in the Zürcher gallery. The gallery is a great supporter of his work and regularly exhibits his art. This first exhibition helped launch a career that boasts monographic exhibitions in the Centre Pompidou in 2006, one in the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 2011, and one in the Fondation Salomon in 2013, to name but a few.
More recently, Desgrandchamps won a prize for Best Artist’s Book, awarded by Académie des Beaux-Arts, for his book “Fragments” (2015). The Eigen+Art gallery in Leipzig is set to display an exhibition of his work from January to March 2016 and, last but not least, he has been chosen to create the official Roland Garros tournament poster, which means that he has entered an elite group of artists that includes Valerio Adami, Joan Miro, Pierre Alechinski, Antonio Saura, Arman and Jaume Plensa.

Discover the 2016 Roland-Garros poster in video:

Roland Garros 2016 poster
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