Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon
February 24 – July 15, 2012
Cité Internationnale, 81 quai Charles de Gaulle, Lyon
+33 4 72 69 17 17

The first major retrospective of the work of French painter Robert Combas - widely recognized as a progenitor of the figuration libre movement that began in Paris around 1980 as a reaction to the art establishment in general and minimalism and conceptual art in particular – this exhibition brings together over 600 oeuvres chosen from public and private collections in Europe, the United States and Asia, set out over the 3000 square metres of the museum. The exhibition also includes new works made specially on-site.

Curated by Richard Leydier with the cooperation of the artist himself, the selection puts special emphasis on historic works, many of which, being in private collections, are not widely known, while mapping the key moments of Combas’s prolific career, all the way up to
the works done during the exhibition itself.

Two floors of the museum are taken up by a chronological and thematic sequence accompanied by music chosen from Combas’s record collection. The exhibition ends with a projection of his latest creations, his “video clips,” which are like “musical paintings,”
combining graphic and aural compositions. For two months, Combas will be invited to occupy a specially created studio integrated into the exhibition circuit where he can continue to paint, write and play or listen to music, but also meet professionals, friends and members of the public in a very rock’n’roll atmosphere.