Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris
11 November 2011–18 March 2012
107 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
+33 1 44 55 57 50


This is the first exhibition of Jean-Paul Goude’s work in Paris, in which one of the most brilliant ‘image makers’ of contemporary creation gives us his retrospective and creative vision of his work, encompassing all his areas of activity, from fashion and photography to advertising and the live event. The career of this pioneering artist and image manipulator spans his work as an illustrator, art editor, photographer and filmmaker, in media ranging from the press to music and advertising. He is above all a creator who has succeeded in inventing a style, a universe, and even, as this exhibition’s title humorously evokes, his own personal mythology.

Jean-Paul Goude is retracing his forty-year career in this major exhibition-installation bringing together his drawings, objects, music, photographs and advertising films in a rhythmic succession of intimate spaces and more theatrical sequences crystallised by the parade he staged for the Bicentenary of the French Revolution. The locomotive which led the Bicentenary parade in 1989, installed on a conveyor belt in the middle of the Nave, is surrounded by a gallery of portrait photographs of the ethnic groups who took part in it.
Visitors will be welcomed in the reception hall by one of the gigantic waltzing ladies that caused such a sensation in the 1989 parade