Journey through the mind of Roland Topor

Planete sauvàge

‘Planète sauvage’, by René Laloux

10/11/2017.- Seminci proposes an approach to the work of French painter, illustrator, writer, and filmmaker Roland Topor (1938-1997) among its special screenings, with two animated works directed by René Laloux and written by Topor: the short Les escargots [The Snails], and the feature film La planète sauvage [Fantastic Planet] (1973), which won the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. In both films Topor left his unmistakable mark, distinguished by an affinity for dark humor. This master of surrealism was an indispensable contributor of French artistic creation in the second half of the twentieth century. His work has influenced many artists, such as Alejandro Jodorowski, Fernando Arrabal, photographers Joan Fontcuberta and Alberto García Alix, and film directors such as Roman Polanski, who brought Topor’s novel Le Locataire [The Tenant] to the big screen in 1976.

Both screenings, organized in collaboration with the French Alliance at the local and national levels, as well as with the French Institute in Spain, complement the exhibition ‘Humor and the avant-garde, 20 years without Roland Topor’. This exhibition is curated by Asier Mensuro, and can be visited until the 29th, in the French Exhibition Hall from 12:00 to 14:00 and from 18:30 to 21:30, from Tuesday to Sunday and on public holidays. In total, 41 works are exhibited, including lithographs, linocuts, cinematographic posters, photochromes, and postcards, plus a short film. The exhibition represents only part of the vast universe of Topor, reflecting his great versatility. This versatility led him to maintain a close relationship with cinema, and has special relevance in the exhibition.

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