25 years after the death of Roland Topor (1938 - 1997), the exhibition "Oh la la" at the Consortium Museum invites us to see some of his pictorial work again, and brings together some thirty works (paintings and drawings) that he produced between 1965 and 1996. It takes its title from a coloured pencil drawing on paper from 1973, presented in the exhibition, which perfectly sums up the astonishment that the artistic activity of this "great singular" who touched on everything (painting, sculpture, cinema, television, literature, song, ...) - starting, at the end of the 1950s, with press cartoons and illustrations - to build up a body of work that commented on the society of the times it passed through, based on surrealist foundations combined with a solid propensity for black humour. She offers herself to us today in her extravagant fantasy and non-conformism.
"It is not a bad thing for an artist to have a taste for pleasing and a certain taste for displeasing," explained Roland Topor to the newspaper Libération in 1986. Certainly, this capacity, this function, perhaps, of art to displease and please at the same time, still shines through as it did in the early days in this selection of paintings and drawings where sex, death and power seem to form the three supporting pillars of society.
- Éric Troncy
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