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On the theme of New Realism

From 2nd February to 28th May

Les Abattoirs museum of contemporary and modern art presents, for the very first time in Toulouse, an ensemble of works from the New Realism movement.

Under this same banner in October 1960, Pierre Restany brought together a group of artists that all offered a “poetic recycling of urban, industrial and promotional reality” in order to announce a founding declaration.

Arman, César, François Dufrêne, Raymond Hains, Yves Klein, Martial Raysse, Daniel Spoerri, Jean Tinguely and Jacques Villeglé all signed this declaration and would soon be joined in the collective projects undertaken by this movement by Niki de Saint Phalle, Gérard Deschamps, Christo and Mimmo Rotella.

This group offered an alternative to the abstract wave of the post-war era and, thanks to its unusual use of objects and gestures, quickly became one of the major movements of the French and European scene, challenging the classical forms of art at international level (Neo-Dada, Fluxus, Pop art, Zero and many other movements that the New Realists existed alongside).

The vitality of the New Realists’ creations comes to Les Abattoirs in the form of a thematic trail that is accompanied by period film footage, underlining just how much their art was anchored in public life and public spaces, and demonstrating the aspect of their pieces that are often engaged, sometimes comical but always performative.

This exhibition includes exceptional loans from the Centre Georges Pompidou, including a number of works that form part of the Daniel Cordier collection (César, Arman), as well as pieces on loan from various public collections, such as the Musée Tinguely in Basel. Exhibited across all the main rooms on the ground floor of Les Abattoirs, this exhibition also includes several works by artists closely associated with the movement (Malaval, Raynaud, Rauschenberg, etc.).

Daniel Spoerri; The pet-peeves of the two Daniels

The second element of this project involves offering carte blanche to Daniel Spoerri, a founding member of New Realism.

Best known for his famous « snare-pictures », Daniel Spoerri can be defined as an artist-collector; collecting leftovers from meals that he fixes for all eternity, obejcts that he himself distorts. A collector of all things. For Les Abattoirs, Daniel Spoerri presents his « pet-peeves », a vast cabinet of curiosities that shines a spotlight on his collection and that of Daniel Cordier, as well as his own works.


Les Abattoirs museum of modern and contemporary art
76 allées Charles-de-Fitte - 31300 Toulouse
Tel : + 33 (0)5 34 51 10 60

Opening times:
From Wednesday to Sunday from 12h to 18h.
Late opening on Thursday from 18h to 20h (except during school holidays).

Full rate : 7 € - concessions : 4 €
2 € during Thursday late openings
Free entry on the first Sunday of  every month.