Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, expresses her emotion at the news of the death of Gérard Fromanger, a major artist on the French art scene.  

A former student of the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris, Gérard Fromanger attended the evening classes of Robert Lesbounit, at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière where he is spotted by the sculptor César who invites him to work in his workshop for two years and guides him in his learning. Gérard Fromanger thus met poets, writers, painters, filmmakers, architects and at that time forged decisive friendships with Jacques Prévert or Alberto and Diego Giacometti who would feed his work.

Alongside Hervé Télémaque or Jacques Monory, Gérard Fromanger is recognized in the narrative figuration movement that is inspired by everyday objects and prefigures pop art.

An artist open to the sounds of the world, Gérard Fromanger sees his creations as mirrors turned towards society and its mutations. Both a witness and actor in May 1968, he helped found the Atelier populaire des Beaux-Arts, which produced posters and slogans in support of the movement. He co-wrote at this time the film The Red Album, with Jean-Luc Godard.

Tirelessly curious and using all forms of expression, Gérard Fromanger draws ballet costumes, creates videos and designs installations. In 2020, he created the ceiling for the Bouffes-du-Nord theatre café Paint-world, upside down, in partnership with the National Museum of Modern Art, demonstrating its ability to intertwine the arts.

Exhibited in France in the collections of the Centre Pompidou, his works are also exhibited worldwide in so many solo exhibitions – as in 2010 at the Hayakawa gallery in Osaka – than group exhibitions – as in 2020 in Arts and Film at the Fondation de l'Hermitage in Lausanne.

Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin pays tribute to this great artist, who leaves a luminous and generous work.