EXHIBITION @Gyaan Adab | Jacques Prévert : Showcasing an Artistic Genius

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Date(s) - 09/06/2017 - 17/06/2017
10:00 am - 6:30 pm

Gyaan Adab


This June, on the occasion of the 40th death anniversary of the Jacques Prévert, the Alliance Française de Pune in association with the Institut Français and in collaboration with  Gyaan Adab and Lost the Plot presents  “JACQUES PRÉVERT: SHOWCASING THE ARTISTIC GENIUS” in order to commemorate this author, poet, scriptwriter and lyricist, with a three-week-long event that will bring to the public the masterpieces of Prévert’s genius mind at work through exhibitions of Prévert’s collages, film screenings and more.

Prévert’s work will be exhibited at Gyaan Adab, Kalyaninagar.  The exhibition will be preceded by an inauguration that will give the participants an insight into the life and work of Prévert.
Inauguration- 9th June 6.30pm | Exhibition:  10th – 17th June,  10 am – 6.30pm  (Open to public). 


“Jacques expresses himself more and more with collages, as he did with poems.But I think that his collages, fundamentally, are poems. And on the other hand, he realises now that some of his poems are somehow collages of words, if you will. “

René Bertelé in the film Mon frère Jacques, 1961

Jacques Prévert, « La Cinquième ou le régime des poulets», collage sur carte postale. Collection Bibliothèque nationale de France ©Fatras/Succession Jacques Prévert

Prévert’s collages have the same themes and concerns as in his writings. Prévert invites the public, through incongruous image associations and misappropriations, to look at the world as it really is. He reveals the stark reality that remains ignored, the other side of the scene.

Common images, far removed from their original meaning and metamorphosed by the intrusion of new elements, are enough to change stereotypes, to question our beliefs and undo our mental landscape. Through unusual, surprising and curious juxtapositions, Jacques Prévert denounces with great humour and vehemence the power of politics and of the Church, a society with its injustices, the condition of women, the oppressed, animals …

Jacques Prévert composed his collages from ready-made images: postcards, reproductions of art works, engravings, photos and pictures from magazines, photographs taken by his friends Izis, Brassaï, Villers, Trauner …, which he cut out, reframed, transformed in his own way. The making of these works of art resembles that of a theatrical production. He would place pre-cut characters on a set decor and move them until they found their place. Behind the assembling was a genuine artistic concern. He did not merely assemble images but worked on them and transformed them. Jacques Prévert had a distinctive taste for bright colours. The framing of his collages and the coloured paper on which he mounted them, which constituted an integral part of his work, were the subject of great care. The dazzling speed of the creative process of Jacques Prévert can be compared to his words, often described by his close relations as an extraordinary uninterrupted flow of puns, metaphors and associations of ideas.


In partnership with Institut Français and Gyaan Adab