Biography

Julio Le Parc

Born the second son of a low-class family –his father was a railway worker; Julio Le Parc was born on September 23rd 1928 in the town of Mendoza, Mendoza state, located at the foot of the Andean Cordillera, 1100 kilometres west of Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital city. He spent his childhood in Mendoza and started school there. Overall a mediocre student, he was however gifted at sketching celebrities portraits and illustrated cards. He started to work on and off from age 13, as a delivery boy, as an apprentice in a bike’s repairs shop, even as a fruit packer in a factory. In 1942, he settles down in Buenos Aires along with his mother and brothers. He was working in the day as an apprentice at a fine leather goods manufactory and studying at night to prepare the School of Fine Arts, admission exam/test.  After studying four and a half years plus two and a half years yet again to get his degree, he leaves the Fine Arts Academy in a total and confused rebellion against submission and obedience. He becomes somewhat marginal, meets with anarchists and Marxists, and tries to comprehend his problems in a different way. He wanders around the country, getting some odd job as construction or steelworker. Aware of being an outsider, he returns to society, works as a concierge at an official theatre, joins an independent experimental theatre company, and takes as a free candidate the admission test to the Fine Arts Superior School, which he gets the second time around. A founding member of Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel (GRAV) and award-winning artworks, he is a significant figure in Argentinean modern art.

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2013

 

Casa Daros, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Nara Roesler Gallery, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

 

Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

 

Bugada & Cargnel Gallery, Paris, France

 

Galerie Denise René, Paris, France

 

Lélia Mordoch Gallery, Paris, France

 

Gallery of multiples, Paris, France

 

 

2012

Inauguration of Centro Cultural Julio Le Parc, Mendoza, Argentina

Nuit Blanche 2012: Obelisk in light Le Parc, Place de la Concorde, Paris / Vibrant light, Espace Beaugrenelle, Paris, France

 

 

2011

 

Lélia Mordoch Gallery, Miami, FL, United States

 

The eye of the Cyclops. Works from 1959 to 1971, Galerie Bugada & Cargnel, Paris, France


 

2010

Otra Mirada, Borges Cultural Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina


 

2009

Le Parc, Casa de las Américas, Havana, Cuba

 

Installation of the monumental sculpture Torsión 4, Monterrey, Mexico

 

 

2008

Lumiere, Galerie Lélia Mordoch, Paris, France

Blanco-Negro. Black-white, Argentina Gallery, Paris, France


 

2007

Luz en movimiento. Colección Daros-Latinamerica, Luis Angel Arango Biblioteca Casa Republicana, Bogotá, Colombia

Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo, Brazil

 

 

2006

Julio Le Parc and Vertigo Vertical, Orangery of Sucy Castle, Sucy-en-Brie, France

Le Parc, Laboratorio de Arte Alameda, Mexico City, Mexico.

 

2005

Julio Le Parc and Vertical Vertigo, Orangerie, Cachan, France

Le Parc Lumiere, Daros-Latinamerica Foundation, Zurich, Switzerland

 

2004

Archivio di Stato / Palazzo del Senato, Milan, Italy

Verso the luce. Torsioni, Castello di Boldeniga, Italy

 

 

2003

Il Cinetismo attualità e storia a confronto, Circolo degli artisti, Turin, Italy

 

 

2002

Modulations & Alchemy, Studio F.22, Palazzolo sull'Oglio, Brescia, Italy

Galleria d'arte Tarozzi, Pordenone, Italy

 

 

2001

O escultor da luz e do movimento, Centro Dragão do Mar de Arte e Cultura, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil

Opere dagli anni '60 al 2000, Valmore Studio in Arte, Vicenza, Italy

Luz e movimento, Pinacoteca do Estado, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Retrospectivamente, Nara Roesler Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil

 

 

2000

 

Dialogando con la luz, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina / Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Neuquen, Argentina / Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes Cordoba, Argentina

Julio Le Parc, Homenaje at the silent manes of Martha Park, Espacio Contemporaneo de Arte, Mendoza, Argentina

Alchimies 1988-2000, Lavignes-Bastille Gallery, Paris, France

Julio Le Parc celebrates light, The Villa des Tourelle Gallery, Nanterre


1999

Espaço Julio Le Parc. Experiencias from 1959 to 1999, II Bienal Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil

 

Light dialogue. Exhibition on both sides of the sea, Fort Liédot, Île d'Aix, France / Saint-Nicolas Tower, La Rochelle, France

 

Modulation, Galleria Melesi, Lecco, Italy


 

1998

 

Alquimias, Sala de Arte Contemporaneo, Quito, Peru

 

 

1997

 

Theater Galleries - Cherbourg Cultural Center, Cherbourg, France

Games Room, Ecole de Beaux-Arts, Cherbourg, France

Galería Italia, Alicante, Spain

Alquimias, Sala de Exposiciones CAM, Alicante, Spain

Theater Galleries - Cultural Center, Cherbourg, France

Alquimias, Galería Rayuela, Madrid, Spain

Alchimies di Julio Le Parc, Studio F.22, Palazzolo sull'Oglio, Brescia, Italy


 

1996

Games room and surface work, Anis Gras, Arcueil, France

Alchemy. Recent works, Galerie Dionne, Paris, France

Alquimias, Galería Rayuela, Madrid, Spain

Alquimias, Centro de Arte Palacio Almudí, Murcia, Spain

Alquimias, Studio F.22, Palazzolo sull'Oglio, Brescia, Italy

The light years, Espace Electra, Paris, France

 

 

1995

Open House, Cachan, France

The light years, Espace Art Brenne, Regional Natural Park of La Brenne, France

 

 

1994

Research 1958-1994, Michael Gallery, Heidelberg, Germany

Galerie Les Lumières, Nanterre, France

 

 

1993

'Alchemy' by Julio Le Parc, Studio F.22, Palazzolo sull'Oglio, Brescia, Italy

 

 

1991

Obra reciente, Galería Punto, Valencia, Spain

Italia Gallery, Alicante, Spain

Galleria Melesi, Lecco, Italy

 

 

1990

Galería Aritza, Bilbao, Spain

Opere grafiche e acrilici di Julio Le Park, Verifica 8 + 1, Mestre, Venice, Italy

Galería Trazos Tres, Santander, Spain

Galleria Bergamini, Milan, Italy

Alquimias, Galería Rayuela, Madrid, Spain

Le Modulazioni di Julio Le Park, Studio F.22, Palazzolo sull'Oglio, Brescia, Italy

Alchimie e Modulazioni, Galleria d'Arte Moderna Rotta, Genoa, Italy

 

 

1989

Van Eyck Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Experiencias. Retrospectiva, Universidad Católica, Santiago, Chile

Experiencias - 30 años (1958-1988), 5ta Avenida, Mendoza, Argentina

 

 

1988

"Modulazioni" by Julio Le Parc, Studio F.22, Palazzolo sull'Oglio, Brescia, Italy
Galería Alberto Elia, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Casa de la Cultura, Salta, Argentina
Pryzmat Gallery, Krakow, Poland
Retrospectiva, Le Parc & ​​Le Parc, Salas Nacionales de Exposición, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

 

1987

Modulaciones, Galería Carmen Waugh, Santiago, Chile
Aeblegaarden Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Galerías Arte Autopista, Medellín, Colombia
Sala de Arte Contemporaneo, Quito, Ecuador
Exhibition Hall, Casa del Parque Municipal, Crevillent, Spain
Galleria la Chiocciola, Padova, Italy
Villa Durazzo, Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy
Instituto Francés de Cultura, Santiago, Chile

 


 

1986

 

Obra reciente, Galería Punto, Valencia, Spain
Mental Espaces, Galería Rayuela, Madrid, Spain
Tema variacion en azul, Galería Juan Gris, Madrid, Spain
Galería Italia 2, Alicante, Spain
Open House at Le Parc workshop, Atelier Le Parc, Cachan, France
Experiencias 1959-1985, Sala of exhibitions of the ajuntament, Valencia, Spain
Retrospective. The Lonja, Zaragoza, Spain

 

 

1985

Modulazioni. Opere Recenti, Galleria dell'ariete, Primaluna, Lecco, Italy
Modulaciones, Sala de arte contemporáneo, Quito, Ecuador
Al Retiro Le Parc, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain

 

1984

Cenobio Visualità, Milan, Italy
Modulaciones, Galería Alberto Elía, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Galería Camino, Brent, Lima, Peru
Galerías Arte Autopista, Medellín, Colombia
Nuevas Modulaciones, Galería de Arte Diners, Bogotá, Colombia
Museo Rayo, Roldanillo, Colombia

 


 

1983

Galería Aritza, Bilbao, Spain

Galería Rayuela, Madrid, Spain

Verifica 8 + 1, Mestre, Venice, Italy

 

1982

Galería Collage, Madrid, Spain

Modulations, SBG Galerie -Pavillon Werd, Zurich, Switzerland

 

1981

 

Modulations. Themes with variations. Original stencils, Artcurial, Paris, France

 

Latin American Space, Paris, France

 

AM Studio, Rome, Italy

 

La luce e colore, Centro Culturale Una Arte, Fano, Italy

 

Galería de Arte Diners, Bogotá, Colombia

 

Ruben Dario Theater, Managua, Nicaragua

 

Rectorate of Ancona University, Ancona, Italy

 

Modulaciones, Galería Latinoamericana Casa de las Américas, Havana, Cuba

 

Obras 1959-1981, Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela

 

 

1980

 

La modulazione della luce, Pinacoteca and Musei Comunali, Macerata, Italy

 

Pinturas recientes, Galería Rayuela, Madrid, Spain

 

Galería Iman, Valladolid, Spain

 

G. Salvi Galleria, Sassoferrato, Italy

 

Variaciones tematicas, Galería Sepia, Asunción, Paraguay

 

Galería Punto, Valencia, Spain

 

Galleria La Virgola, Fabriano, Italy

 

Palazzo Comunale, Fermo, Italy

 

Faculty of Architecture of Nantes, France

 

 

1979

 

Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Center St-Martial, Angouleme, France

 

Galleria Sincron, Brescia, Italy

 

Modulaciones, Galería Durban, Caracas, Venezuela

 

Galleria La Polena, Genoa, Italy

 

Galería de Arte Camino Brent, Lima, Peru

 

 

1978

 

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Ibiza, Spain

 

Galeria Ederti, Bilbao, Spain

 

Modulacions, color, multiple, Galería René Métras, Barcelona, ​​Spain

 

"Stencils" temes a variació, Galería Eude, Barcelona, ​​Spain

 

Graphic Gallery / CB2, Caracas, Venezuela

 

Experiencias 1959-1977, FundacióJoan Miró, Barcelona, ​​Spain

 

 

1977

 

Royan Festival, France

 

Torques Gallery, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

 

Experiencias 1959-1977, Sala del Ministerio de la Cultura, Madrid, Spain

 

Retrospective, Robert Desnos Room, Ris-orangis, France

 

 

1977

 

Royan Festival, France

 

Torques Gallery, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

 

Experiencias 1959-1977, Sala del Ministerio de la Cultura, Madrid, Spain

 

Retrospective, Robert Desnos Room, Ris-orangis, France


 

1976

 

Modulations, Galerie Denise René Right Bank, Paris, France

 

Paintings. Drawings. Collages. Editions, Galerie Denise Rene Left Bank, Paris, France

 

Pinturas recientes, Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogotá, Colombia

 

Galería Rayuela, Madrid, Spain

 

Retrospective, Experiencias 1959-1977, Galería Mestre Mateo / Lume Aula de Cultura / Escuela Técnica Superior of Arquitectura, La Coruña, Spain

 

 

1975

 

The long walk, Galerie Denise René Right Bank, Paris, France

Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico

Galleria Lorenzelli, Bergamo, Italy

Global Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil

 


 

1974

 

Recent works of Le Parc "Couleur 74", Galerie Denise René Right Bank, Paris, France

 

Le Palace Theater, Paris, France

 

 

1973

Denise Rene Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Galleria La Polena, Genoa, Italy

 

Lorenzo Artes Antegüedades, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

 

1972

Editionen und Multiple, Denise René Gallery - Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf, Germany

Bright works. Paintings. Landforms. Parallel Architectures, Françoise Mayer Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

 

Investigaciones 1959-1972, Antañona Galería de Arte, Caracas, Venezuela

 

Research 1959-1971-Untersuchungen, Städtische Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, Germany

 

Retrospective, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany

 

1971

 

Albums couleur n° 1 et miroirs, Galerie Denise René rive gauche, Paris, France

 

30 Multiples Série R, Galería René Métras, Barcelone, Espagne

 

30 Multiples Série R, Galería de Arte Antañona, Caracas, Venezuela

 

1970

 

Kinetische Objekte, Ulmer Museum, Ulm, Germany

 

Color 1959, Galerie Denise René Right Bank, Paris, France

 

30 Multiple Series R, Galerie Denise René Left Bank, Paris, France

 

Denise Rene Gallery, New York, NY, USA

 

Retrospective, Casa de las Americas, Havana, Cuba

 

 

 

1969

Galleria de 'Foscherari, Bologna, Italy

Retrospective, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

Retrospective, Konsthallen, Gothenburg, Sweden

Retrospective, Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, Norway


1968

Buchholz Gallery, Munich / im Osram-Hans Gallery, Munich, Germany

Punta del Este, Uruguay

Gray Gallery, Bilbao, Spain

Galleria d'Arte Naviglio 2, Milan, Italy

Luz Espacio Movimiento. Obras de Julio Le Parc, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Mexico / Museo de Arte Moderno, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 

1967

Halfmannshof, Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Françoise Mayer Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

Howard Wise Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Pavilion of Argentina, IX Bienal of São Paulo, Brazil

Retrospective, Instituto Di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina / General Electric, Montevideo, Uruguay / Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela / Asunción, Paraguay

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2009

Flash! Light and Movement. Tampere, Finland.


2002

50 años de pintura geométrica latino-americana. La Plata, Argentina.

 

1994
Portes ouvertes. Cachan, France.

 

1987
I Bienal de Cuenca. Cuenca, Ecuador.

 

1983
Arte Programmata e Cinetica 1953-1963. Milano, Italy.

 

1975
Brigade International de Peintres Antifascistes. Athens, Greece.

 

1970
Kinetics. London, UK.

 

1967
Light in Orbit. New York, New York, USA,

 

1960
Groupe de Recherche d'Art Visuel. Paris, France.

 

1957
IV Bienal de São Paulo. São Paulo, Brazil.