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Roland Topor

Born in 1938 - France

BIOGRAPHY

Roland Topor (January 7, 1938 – April 16, 1997), was a French illustrator, painter, writer, filmmaker and actor, known for the surreal nature of his work.

He is mainly known as an illustrator and graphic artist and famous for combining surrealism with black humor. His unique world is full of absurd and impossible situations, rather than creepy and non-sense.

Cinema and TV: Topor was responsible for the odd visual style of the Czech/French animated sci-fi feature La Planete Sauvage (Fantastic Planet) (1973). He also collaboreted with Federico Fellini, making some drawings featured in the film “Casanova” (1975). As a screenwriter, Topor penned a number of stories, like the silent comedy La Fille du Garde Barriere (1975) and with his friend Henri Xhonneaux the film “Marquis” (1989) about Marquis De Sade . He also created a puppet show called "Telechat" which ran for two years on French station Antenne 2 with 234 episodes.

As a writer: wrote the novel The Tenant (Le Locataire chimérique, 1964), which was adapted to film by Roman Polanski in 1976.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS

2014
Roland Topor - Galerie Anne Barrault, Paris
2011
Toporgrafias - Fundación Luis Seoane, A Coruña
The graphic wit of Roland Topor: posters from the Gerard Herbst Poster Collection - The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, VIC
2008
do?umunun yetmi?inci y?l?nda: panik! - Galeri Nev - Ankara, Ankara
2001
Roland Topor - wystawa retrospektywna - BWA Gallery of Contemporary Art - Galeria Sztuki Wspó?czesnej BWA, Olsztyn
2000
Roland Topor - Tekeningen Aquarellen Publicaties - Galerie Ronny van de Velde, Antwerp
1986
Roland Topor - Aus der Tiefe des Raumes - Galerie Ute Parduhn, Dusseldorf
1984
Roland Topor. Piccolo Blitz - Moderna Museet, Stockholm
1978
Topor - Galeria Evelyn Botella (Galeria Aele), Madrid


GROUP SHOWS

2014
Kunstgenuss Essen - Von Der Linzer Torte Bis Zur Bosna - Nordico - Museum der Stadt Linz , Linz
Le Mur, La collection Antoine de Galbert - La Maison Rouge, Paris
2013
B.A.B.E - The Best Artists Books and Editors - Immanence, espace d'art contemporain, Paris
Giardino di Daniel Spoerri - Forum Kunst Rottweil, Rottweil
Sans tambour, ni trompette - le lieu unique, Nantes
Une Vie À La Gomme - Galeria +R, Barcelona
Suspended Citadels - Galerie Anne Barrault, Paris
2012
Sommerausstellung - hannover gallery, Hannover
Kamarama - Galerie De Zwarte Panter, Antwerp
Behind The Curtain – The Aesthetics Of The Photobooth - Musée de l´Elysée, Lausanne
2011
Narrative, critique, libre,.. - Les Coopérateurs, Limoges
Die Künstler des Giardino - Ab Art Ausstellungshaus, Hadersdorf am Kamp
2010
Feu à volonté - Galerie Sonia Zannettacci, Geneva
La forêt de mon rêve - Galerie d’art du Conseil général - Hôtel de Castillon, Aix-en-Provence
... avant il n’y avait rien, après on va pouvoir faire mieux. - Circuit, Lausanne
2009
EXPositions of mythology - ELectronic technology - Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin-si
2008
exposition collective - Anne-Marie et Roland Pallade - Art Contemporain, Lyon
The Story Goes On – Contemporary Artists in the Wake of Van Gogh - MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts, Debrecen
2007
SpitzenTreffen - Städtische Galerie Die Fähre, Bad Saulgau
News on Paper - Burkhard Eikelmann Com, Dusseldorf
2006
Tuttolibri - Galleria Milano, Milan
La paraula pintada - Escriptors-pintors - Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern, Palma de Mallorca
2005
BIG BANG - Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris
2004
Christmas Art Gifts - Artiscope, Brussels
2003
"Phantom der Lust. Visionen des Masochismus in der Kunst" - Neue Galerie Graz - Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz
Karikaturen - Galerie Bartsch & Chariau, Munich
2002
Complicité - Dirimart, Istanbul
2001
Druckgraphik aus Frankreich nach 45 - MMK Museum Moderner Kunst - Stiftung Wörlen, Passau
Corps à corps - Centre de la Gravure et de l'Image imprimée de la, La Louvière
Il “Movimento” Panico. Arrabal Jodorosky Topor - Villa Croce Museo d´Arte Contemporanea, Genoa
Merkwürdige Bilder - Galerie KK Klaus Kiefer, Essen
2000
bis dahin - 20 Jahre Galerie Ute Parduhn - Galerie Ute Parduhn, Dusseldorf
Une Ville-Une Collection - Centre de la Gravure et de l'Image imprimée de la, La Louvière
1999
La Gravure en relief - Centre de la Gravure et de l'Image imprimée de la, La Louvière
1997
Von Kopf bis Fuß. Fragmente des Körpers - Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck
Von Kopf bis Fuß Fragmente des Körpers - Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal-Unteröwisheim
1995
L´art et le septieme art - Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing
1984
Fluxus, etc.: The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Collection - Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX
1977
Amnesty International presents Prisoners of Conscience: a Display of Posters - Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
1972
Jean-Michael Folon and Roland Topor: Exhibition of Watercolors and Drawings - Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL

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