Born in 1936 in Nimes, where he still lives and works today, Claude Viallat was the prime mover of what is considered to be the last great movement among the artistic avant-gardes of France: Supports/Surfaces (1969-1972). Despite its brief period of ascendency, its impact on art history was very significant since it called into question the pictorial conventions, starting with the support media for paintings, such as frames and canvases, trying to smash the established order and start again.
Claude Viallat’s artistic practice was radical, and he questioned the fundamentals of art, painting and its ecosystem. He worked manipulating fabrics without frames and replaced canvases with everyday fabrics, such as bedsheets, roller blinds, and the fabrics of umbrellas and tents. He went as far as working with both sides of his surfaces, with painting, impregnation and folding processes.
In addition, the artist defends "painting for painting's sake" without the need for a theme or the pretext of artistic representations. In his case, he developed a new formal language, taking as a recurring motif the same rectangular shape with rounded corners for more than fifty years, which determined the composition of his works.
The repetition and apparent simplicity present in all of his works belie the complexity of their subtle changes in size, formats, and contrasts. He himself describes painting as "a tremor, an inner uncertainty, a commitment to change, to infringe, to subvert knowledge and consciousness".
Viallat is represented in leading international institutions and collections. His work has been the subject of individual exhibitions, and among the most notable have been his retrospective at the Center National d'Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou (National Museum of Modern Art in Paris) in 1982 and his participation in the Venice Biennale in 1988, as well as of other more recent ones such as the Fabre Museum in Montpellier, the Ludwig Museum in Koblenz, Germany and the MuBe Museum in Brazil.
The duo show of Giorgio Griffa and Claude Viallat is extended until May 7th#ONVIEW 18.04.2022 If you haven't already visited our current duo show dedicated to the painters Giorgio Griffa and Claude Viallat, there's still time. We extend until May 7th, at the Rafael Pérez Hernando Gallery, you shouldn't miss it…
Rafael Pérez Hernando Gallery participates for his first time in the next edition of ARCO LISBOA 2022 with the duo show of Giorgio Griffa and Claude Viallat#FAIRS 25.03.2022 We are pleased to announce our participation in the next edition of the ARCO Lisbon 2022 fair. For our debut at this fair, we will present a continuation of our current duo show dedicated to the painters Giorgio Griffa…
The digital catalogue of the Giorgio Griffa and Claude Viallat exhibition is now available#ONVIEW 11.03.2022 The digital catalogue of the duo show by the artists Giorgio Griffa (Turin, 1936) and Claude Viallat (Nîmes, 1936), whose exhibition takes place at the Rafael Pérez Hernando Gallery from 17 February to 23 April 2022, is…
Claude Viallat opens his solo show "Freedom of colors" on March 4th at the MACBA in Buenos Aires#EVENTS 04.03.2022 Coinciding with our duo show dedicated to Giorgio Griffa and Claude Viallat, a solo show dedicated to Claude Viallat (Nimes, 1936) under the title "Freedom of colors" will be inaugurated on March 4 at the MACBA in…