>> Raoul Hausmann's research

Raoul  Hausmann, 1953, dessin à l'encre, collection Musée départemental d'art  contemporain de  Rochechouart
Raoul Hausmann, 1953, dessin à l'encre, collection Musée départemental d'art contemporain de Rochechouart
February the 28th - december 16th
With over 700 works, the Rochechouart Departmental Museum of Contemporary Art holds a significant Raoul Hausmann (1886-1971) collection. Nevertheless, drawings, photographs, collages and poems only superficially reveal the amplitude of this artist's work. Indeed Hausmann has alternatively and simultaneously been a typographer, dancer, anthropologist, architect. His works need to be considered like the visual manifestation of a thought process that goes beyond the realm of traditional fine arts. This is the dimension explored in this new presentation articulated in three chapters.

In the conclusion of his Manifesto of PREsentism in 1921, Raoul Hausmann writes: "We request that this little individual fraud ends and demand the broadening and renewal of man's sensory emanations, since the birth of the working class, an intrepid and ahistorical humankind, has taken precedence. The individual considered as an atom, has only one duty : to find his law through no matter what form imposed on his own hardened ego – against his ego. In this newly present world we should realize the voluntary abandon of all force inherent in the atom!!!".

This text comes after the artist's revolutionary years and Dada and states his will to seek change via exceeding art by its realisation in daily life. Raoul Hausmann's quest does not deviate from the end of the 1910s until his death in 1971 in Limoges: if man wants to change the world, he has to transform his own individual life and most of all his sensory appreciation of the world. As an artistic quest, it is primarily about an endlessly renewed experimentation. This is experienced through the search for new laws, new work to exercise on an individual level, but this needs to happen in a collective sense aiming for the advent of a new world. This perspective feeds the artist's entire production, from the first pictorial productions to his subsequent writing. Raoul Hausmann's research has led him to touch upon writing, photography, drawing, collage but also dance, fashion, architecture or even anthropology. Based on the theoretical texts which are preserved in Rochechouart's Departmental Museum of Contemporary Art archives, this selection of work organised in three chapters ("Optophonetic", "Architecture" and "Photography") visually reveals traces of Hausmann's research. This display ends with a documentary film about the artist.