© Galerie Mirabilia
Roland Roure was born in 1940. In 1974, his first sculptures were shown at Robert Delpire gallery in Paris. Defining himself as « a builder of ludic machines, putting into play noise, color, fireworks, wind and water », his sculptures revive an entire tradition of folk art. His subjects are tightrope walkers, mythological heroes, fishermen, but can also be reclining ladies reading, women with children or couples entwined. Made of fine sheet metal or wire, without assemblage or solder, the sculptures are set in motion by the slightest breath of air, revealing an infinitely poetical world. Roland Roure describes it as juggling childhood memories, along with pages from the illustrated dictionary Larousse and folk art, of course, the thing that moves him most.
For more than thirty years, important museums and institutions, as well as galleries, have shown Roland Roure — Musée des Arts décoratifs and Centre Pompidou in Paris, Museum of Modern Art in Aspen, Colorado, Musée d’Art Moderne in Liège, Belgium. Mirabilia Gallery in Lagorce (Ardèche) regularly shows his sculptures and paintings, maintaining a permanent collection of his work.
Roland Roure has also created sets for ballet and opera at the Théâtre du Chatelet, the Péniche Opéra and the Centre de recherche de l’Opéra de Paris.
Translation by Ilsa Carter and Pierre Guglielmina