Martial Raysse at the Palazzo Grassi...


A little more than 350 artworks by Martial Raysse are currently on display at the Palazzo Grassi-Pinault Collection. Untameable, eclectic and provocative, Raysse was born in France 79 years ago and grew up with Arman, Yves Kline and Jean Tinguely. In the 60s he signed the New Realism manifesto. 
When he was barely 25 years old, he created Raysse Beach, an installation with sand, girls in bikinis and an inflatable dolphin (30 years later Jeff Koons would include inflatables in his artworks...).
Raysse Beach, by Martial Raysse (1962-2007)
Materials: Nine wooden panels with vinyl paint and photo appliqués, inflatables, sand and Juke-box.
Palazzo Grassi
Although he had an acrylic and neon period (most precisely in the 60s), the exhibition shows how, even today, he prefers working with oils and temperas.
Et voilá, Cruelle, by Martial Raysse (2011)
Technique: tempera on canvas
Palazzo Grassi
Quatre Néons pour Alexandra, by Martial Raysse (1967)
Mural installation: neon, oil on canvas
Palazzo Grassi
Belle des Nuages, by Martial Raysse (1965)
Technique: fluorescent paint on canvas
Palazzo Grassi
Lancelot, by Martial Raysse (2014)
Technique: oil on canvas
Palazzo Grassi
The exhibition is a tour around all the many facets of Raysse as an artist. His small sculptures take up most of the space in the main hall of the Palazzo. Walking around them is like diving into his life: we visualise his humor, his different interests, his criticism to consumerism and his passion for classic mythology.
Mais Espérons Chers Amis, by Martial Raysse
Palazzo Grassi
La Déesse, by Martial Raysse (1980)
Palazzo Grassi
Most of the pieces are owned by the artist, his family or unidentified private collectors. Only some of them are identified as belonging to Pinault's and his wife, actress Salma Hayek's collection.
Mais oui!, by Martial Raysse (2008)
Technique: Tempera on panel
Salma Hayek Pinault Collection
Aout, by Martial Raysse (2008)
Technique: Tempera on panel
Salma Hayek Pinault Collection
Martial Raysse's aim, according to curator Caroline Bourgeois, was to always praise the beauty in everything through the use of color and the freedom of movement in his artworks. However, in his most recent paintings, he uses pure pigments, making the colouring much simpler. It's a way of seeing things clearer, in the artist's own words.

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