Vue du parcours des collections « Jeux de mots/jeux d’écriture », réalisé par Rébecca François, MAMAC, Nice, 2019-2021 © Photo François Fernandez - Adagp, Paris 2021

An important, discreet and elegant figure in the art world, Jean Dupuy is an artist whose career is closely linked to the international history of the avant-garde and experimental scenes.

Born in 1925 in Moulins in the Allier region, he was at the heart of the performance art adventure in New York. He was involved in the Judson and Fluxus adventure before exploring language with his famous anagrams.
A libertarian figure, unavoidable and unclassifiable, Jean Dupuy brought a freshness and intelligence to the smallest details of his projects. The precision and accuracy of his gaze was a corollary of his poetic games that summoned imagination, inventiveness and wonder.
Jean Dupuy returned to France in 1984 and settled in the south of France, sharing his time between Pierrefeu and Nice.
He passed away on April 4th.
The MAMAC has been lucky to collaborate with him, over the years, in a regular companionship, through monographic exhibitions (2007), put in perspective in thematic exhibitions (in 2015 in La Prom pour atelier; in 2016 in Le précieux pouvoir des pierres).
A composition of paintings-anagrams of the artist is currently presented in the course of the collections on the top floor of the museum.

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