17 September to 18 September 2011


As part of the 2011 National Heritage Days Event, the CCC wanted to pay homage to two deceased artists who were closely associated with Contemporary Art Centre of Tours : Olivier Debré and Roman Opalka.

Via two documentary* films which will be shown throughout the weekend, the public will be able to discover or rediscover the portraits, the artistic universes and processes of these two major figures of the art of our time.

The recent death of Roman Opalka this summer has meant that the CCC has made changes to its programming which was originally devoted to Olivier Debré, whose works are at the heart of the development project of this establishment. This twin homage, which is made as part of the National Heritage Days Event, is still in the same mindset as this project, the intention of which is to create deep, active connections between the different periods of contemporary art, between current creativity and the recent history of art.

The art works of Olivier Debré (1920-1999) and Roman Opalka (1931-2011), both with strong international reputations, are already playing a part in the construction of the heritage of the future. Both have also played a role in the history of the CCC, the only French Contemporary Art Centre to have devoted large-scale monographic exhibitions, and they have enjoyed a privileged relation with us.

Although the work of these two artists is very different, it has been brought together by the observations and writing of the author Bernard Noël, who devotes two of his finest pieces.


* Films shown :

“Detail – Roman Opalka”, 1986
Produced by: Christophe Loizillon – 25 mins
Shown every half hour between 2pm and 5.30pm.

“Olivier Debré, chronicle of an abstraction”, 1996
Produced by: Claudio Francia – 46 mins
Shown at 3pm, 4pm, 5pm.