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Musée de la Création Franche, Bègles

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until September 2, 2018

"The World According to Carles-Tolrá" presents Ignacio Carles-Tolrá as both artist and collector.

His correspondence with Jean Dubuffet is also included in the exhibition and accompanying catalogue.

Musée de la Création Franche
58, avenue du Maréchal de Lattre-de-Tassigny, 33130 Bègles, France


From Musée de la Création Franche's website:

Ignacio Carles-Tolrá, a Spanish designer of Catalan origin, was born on December 16, 1928. He is one of the major creators of the Creation Franche collection. More than 1500 of his works are present in the collection, donated by the designer between 1990 and 2017 or by collectors like Claude Massé or Jacques Karamanoukian. In addition to his work, Ignacio Carles-Tolrá has donated to the Franche Creation Museum works by creators of Art Brut from his personal collection, including Scottie Wilson and Magde Gill. A rich documentary collection and personal archives come inform in a detailed way all the work of this prolific creator. Based in Geneva and working as a ronéo operator at the Red Cross, he creates evening and night. His collages and colourful drawings allow him to express his anger, but not without humor.

The world of Carles-Tolrá is populated by characters, critters, birds and other series to which he gives evocative names: "Lolita", "Hat! "Cons decorated", "Miss", "Mac Enroe", "Bush" ... In these drawings, the artist marks his refusal of resignation, plays with morosities, stigmatises the power and the authority.

As early as the 1960s, Ignacio Carles-Tolrá had a long and rich correspondence with Jean Dubuffet. Dubuffet gave him encouragement to continue his work, even admitting that some of his drawings were inspired by those of Ignacio Carles-Tolrá.

For this retrospective exhibition, Ignacio Carles-Tolrá lent outstanding pieces such as his first drawings of the 1960s and works from his personal collection.

The walls of 6 of the 11 rooms of the Museum highlight the extensive production of Ignacio Carles-Tolrá in chronological order (1961-1976, 1977-1990, 1991-2005, 2006-2018) and the richness of his personal collection, its holdings and archives.