Daniel Pommereulle FR, 1937-2003

The vital and artistic experience of Daniel Pommereulle (1937-2003), French painter, sculptor, filmmaker, performer and poet, is unique.

Associated with the "Objecteurs" by Alain Jouffroy in 1965, linked to the major actors of the European artistic and intellectual scene of his time, Daniel Pommereulle traced his own path. Multiplying forms, he invented an aesthetics of violence and cruelty, marked as much by his traumatic experience of the Algerian War as by the influence of Surrealism and the thought of Antonin Artaud.

Known for his role as a dandy in Eric Rohmer's film La Collectionneuse (1967), he presented his first object encircled by blades, which would give the famous series of Objets de prémonition (1974-1975). From the 1980s onwards, Daniel Pommereulle forged a new sculpture, "Praise and Martyrdom of Glass" (Philippe Dagen), using all the powers of the material to combine sharpness with softness, calm with vertigo.

Two major exhibitions during his lifetime ("Fin de siècle" at the C.N.A.C. Georges-Pompidou in 1975 and a retrospective at the Dole and Belfort museums in 1991) contribute to the growing aura of his work, one of the most important of the second half of the 20th century in France, which still remains secret and too little known.

An artist of the limit, resolutely avant-garde, Daniel Pommereulle has also directed two films (One more time in 1968 and Vite in 1969).