Robert Combas, Greatest Hits
24 February–15 July 2012

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon
Cité internationale
81 quai Charles de Gaulle
69006 Lyon, France

+33 (0)4 72 69 17 17

The first major retrospective of the work of Robert Combas, Greatest Hits brings together over 300 oeuvres chosen from public and private international collections, set out over the 3000 square metres of the museum. The exhibition also includes new works specially made on-site.

Curated by the art critic Richard Leydier with the cooperation of the artist himself, the selection puts special emphasis on historic works, many of which, being in private collections, are not widely known, while mapping the key moments of Combas’s prolific career, all the way up to the works done during the exhibition itself.

Two floors of the museum are taken up by a chronological and thematic sequence accompanied by music chosen from Combas’s record collection. The exhibition ends with a projection of his latest creations, his “musical paintings” combining graphic and aural compositions.

For two months, Combas will be invited to occupy a specially created studio integrated into the exhibition circuit where he can continue to paint, write and play or listen to music, but also meet professionals, friends and members of the public in a very rock’n’roll atmosphere.

This retrospective will be accompanied by a catalogue with 500 reproductions and texts in French and English. (published by Somogy, 400 pages).


Opening hours:
Wednesday–Friday: 11am–6pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am–7pm

Press inquiries:
Vivien Ayroles, [email protected]

Press kit online.

*Image above: Robert Combas, “Couple psychopatex,” 1995.
Dental mask, phallus tip, vagina snake, opera soldier-saint.
Keen eye, ready to bite or kiss himself.
Acrylic on canvas, 135 x 135 cm.*
Collection Sophie Reynaud, Paris © Adagp, Paris, 2012.