Jacques Villeglé
(1926, Quimper)

Jacques Villeglé, born in 1926 in Quimper, studied painting and drawing at the Fine Arts School of Rennes. There, he met Raymond Hains in 1945 with who he had a close friendship. From 1949, Villeglé created works made from posters, ripped by anonymous passersby by taking them off their stand in the street. According to him, ?the sampling is the parallel of the framing of the photographer?, the true artist according 23 to him is the ?anonymous ripped? who knew how to rip and abandon the whole of it. He describes himself as a simple collector of posters fragments, a person who picks up traces of the current civilisation that he chooses and signs. His work tries to reveal the beauty, hidden in the thickness of the paper.

In February 1954, Jacques Villeglé and Raymond Hains met the Lettrist poet François Dufrêne who was interested in the technique of ripped posters. He presented them to Yves Klein, Jean Tinguely and Pierre Restany. In 1960, with others artists, they created the group of Nouveaux Réalistes. Since 1957, the work of Jacques Villeglé has been the subject of numerous exhibitions and his works are present in major collections. Jacques Villeglé is also the inventor of ?the Alphabet socio-politique? imagined in 1969 in homage to Serge Tchakhotine. Using a graffiti mentioning Nixon found in the metro, he transformed the letters giving them a new meaning as the I becomes a Cross of Lorraine or the O contains a Celtic cross. Between 1998 and 2008, he realized in collaboration with Michèle and Yves di Folco as part of the Atelier d?Aquitaine a work called ?La Mémoire insoluble? consisting of 237 slates with maxims by authors using the socio-political alphabet.