Richard Saltoun Gallery presents one of the most influential experimental sound and performance artists of the twentieth century, Anglo-French artist Henri Chopin. Selected by FIAC for a solo stand at the Salon Jean Perrin, Grand Palais, the presentation will include important and rare paintings, early dactylopoems from the 1950s and 60s, each influenced by the artist's preoccupation with ideas of order and disorder.
Henri Chopin launched his career in Paris at the close of the second world war. He was a prisoner of war in Czechoslovakia and in Germany where as he later said, 'I learnt to be beaten, to eat one slice of bread a day and to fatten lice, to be afraid and to become aware of extra verbal communication where understanding and distrust need not be formulated'.
He travelled extensively in the following decade and returned to Paris in 1955, 'strengthened by the need I have to go beyond the Word'.
The loss of his two brothers in the war combined with the horrors he had endured and witnessed left him disillusioned with the capabilities of language, whether written or spoken, and he searched for a new form of communication. The Lettriste movement and his heroes of the pre war avant-garde - Marcel Duchamp, Andre Breton, Kurt Schwitters, and the Dadaist Raoul Hausmann - offered him a world to further his investigations.
Chopin quickly became a key member of the Concrete Sound & Poetry movement, a prolific performer, and active champion of the avant-garde through his revues Cinquième Saison and OU.
Richard Saltoun is delighted to present this key figure of the Parisian avant-garde. Described by William Burroughs as "an inner space explorer", his work continues to resonate for its emphasis on the human voice in its purest form, the 'raw primal voice' of humanity.
Henri CHOPIN (1922, Paris, FR - 2008, Norfolk, UK)
Born in Paris in 1922, Chopin studied French literature in Paris after serving in Indo-China at the close of WWII. An introduction to Altagor, the creator of Métapoésie, in 1953 and the André Bréton in 1955, led to the development of his experimental audio-poems, performances, writings, and artworks. After the return of De Gaulle to power, in 1968 Chopin moved to England, with his wife and his two children, where he continued to live, work and perform until his death in 2008.
Recent solo and group museum exhibitions include: Concerning Concrete Poetry, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2016); Henri Chopin dans l'Essex, Firstsite, Colchester (2014); A Void: Henri Chopin, Guy De Cointet, Channa Horwitz, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf (2013); Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language, MOMA, New York (2012); Revue Ou - Cinquième Saison: An Anthology of Sound Poetry, Argos, Brussels (2012); Henri Chopin and the OU Magazine, Fundação Serralves, Porto (2011).
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FIAC 2016, Grand Palais, Paris
Salon Jean Perrin, Stand 1.K10
Avenue Winston Churchill
Thursday 20 October 12noon - 8pm
Friday 21 October 12noon - 9pm
Saturday 22 October 12noon - 8pm
Sunday 23 October 12noon - 8pm
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