Roland Topor

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 (Roland Topor, 'Cigogne', 1994 / Courtesy de l'artiste et galerie Anne Barrault, Paris)
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Roland Topor, 'Cigogne', 1994 / Courtesy de l'artiste et galerie Anne Barrault, Paris
 (Roland Topor, 'Couvre-chef', 1979 / Courtesy de l'artiste et galerie Anne Barrault, Paris)
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Roland Topor, 'Couvre-chef', 1979 / Courtesy de l'artiste et galerie Anne Barrault, Paris
 (Roland Topor, 'Le Cerveau', 1995 / Courtesy de l'artiste et galerie Anne Barrault, Paris)
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Roland Topor, 'Le Cerveau', 1995 / Courtesy de l'artiste et galerie Anne Barrault, Paris

Author of a bookshelf's worth of darkly hilarious novels? Check. Co-founder of the Panic Movement? Check. Mastermind of the world's weirdest kids' TV programme, 'Téléchat'? Check. Set designer for Jérôme Savary and György Ligeti? Check. Animator on 'Fantastic Planet'? Check. Actor in films by William Klein and Raoul Ruiz? Checkmate.

Trying to synopsise the career of the surreally prolific Roland Topor is about as impossible as attempting to transcribe the stream-of-consciousness ramblings of a poet with Tourette's. The Galerie Anne Barrault is nevertheless giving it a shot. In France, Topor remains best known for his writings; this exhibition aims to broaden the picture, and demonstrate his influence on visual artists active in late-20th century Paris. His acerbic humour and poetic touch are illustrated by an array of paintings, press sketches and lithographic prints. To round out the showcase, drawings from the brilliant artist Gébé are also displayed.

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