Lava Bene
Date 1963
Medium "Décollage" on canvas
Dimensions 136 x 189.8 x 3.5 cm
Inventory ID UID 102-497
The title of this work is taken from a 1964 poster produced to mark the twentieth anniversary of the liberation of Paris, on 25 August 1944, by the Liberation Committee of the Third Arrondissement. Fragments of a French communist party [PCF] poster and a black-bordered photograph of Maurice Thorez can also be seen. Thorez had died on 11 July on the Black Sea, during his traditional holiday to the Soviet Union: the brutal disappearance of the man who had been General Secretary of the PCF since 1930 and, following liberation, minister and Vice-President of the Liberation Council, provoked an emotional response in France. A call for tenders for HLM (Habitation à Loyer Modéré) social housing in Paris can also be seen. Jacques Villeglé makes the most of the black lettering that occurs, as well as fragments of a colour advert titled Barberousse, with Disney-style drawings of mice. In contrast to the majority of his torn adverts, the title of this work is not the street where Villeglé found and collected the posters. AC
The collection of Mme. Alix Horps, Paris; acquired in 1995.