• Solo exhibitions
• Group exhibitions
• Creation of the association
THE NECROPOLITAIN MEMOIRE
• The artist
of the death
1941 - ?
As a necropolitan rambler, he unmasks false
monuments throughout the world — and doubts that the stone mourners
As a photographer, he captures tombs, mausoleums,
cenotaphs, and catacombs in black and white — an inexhaustible anthology
of architecture and symbolism, exoticism and eroticism, humour and metaphysics,
remembrance and oblivion.
As an artist, he creates installations where
the grave speaks and the coffin, which he has transformed, carries his
As an honorary literature professor, he tracks
down passages dealing with death, and reads into epitaphs beautiful love
stories of the living and dead.
As a story teller, he hijacks innocent photographs
to create picture-stories that reinvent legendary figures such as Orpheus
and Mary Magdalene.
As a journalist, he interviews moles, lizards,
cats and squirrels, reporting on the places of eternal rest for periodicals
like Pierre Actual and Funéraire Magazine.
As a designer of funerary monuments and urns,
three monuments of his design can be found in the Père Lachaise
Cemetery in Paris, France. A fourth monument is currently under way.
His photographs of cemeteries and tombs, over 195,000 to date, form a unique international archive on funerary art and architecture.
Nearly 600 exhibitions, including over 90 solo shows, line his way through Germany, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Spain, USA, France, Holland, Italy, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Switzerland…
As an author, he has published several books, including Erotique
du cimetière (Eroticism in the Cemetery), winner of the
1991 Prix de l’Humour Noir (France’s Black Humor Prize for
Co- founder of the association "La Mémoire Nécropolitaine".
His work is included in the contemporary photography
collection of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (France’s
National Library), as well as the permanent collections of the Bibliothèque
Historique de la Ville de Paris (the Historical Library of Paris) and
the National Gallery in Prague.
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