Robert Roux, from the “School of Nice” to the new guard: Portrait!
#NICE It is not common for men with political responsibility to be involved in the dissemination of art from their own artistic activity. Robert Roux is one of them. Municipal councillor in the city of Nice, he is the deputy mayor, Christian Estrosi, in charge of Street art and cinema. Few exhibition openings he does not attend and for decades he has maintained friendships with many artists, the “stars” of the École de Nice but also the youngest ones he sometimes exhibits in his own space, “The Carpentry”.
It must be said that Robert Roux is a passionate person and that, like his friend Ben, art cannot be conceived without an exchange and a relationship with other artists. His artistic practice develops on this history, with old crushed boxes for example whose history he rewrites with sometimes ironic quotes on his elders, Yves Klein, Arman or Bernard Venet…
In Nice art is always a bit of a story of the street, of conviviality, of irreverent heckling and laughter. From the street he wants it to become a permanent place of exhibitions and exchanges. Hence his predilection for street art even if he is also delighted to see the city strewn with more imposing works along the tram line, superb sculptures by Raynaud, the ice cream cone of Vasconcelos, or Ramette, Blais, Tania Mouraud and many others without forgetting the children of the country, Ben, Noël Dolla or Ernest Pignon-Ernest.
Because he wants art within everyone’s reach, Robert Roux refuses to lock himself into a precise framework. To each of us to experience our own aesthetic choices: beauty is always a love story, a personal story.
In order to reach a wide audience, it is also necessary to promote cinema, both in cinemas and through the making of films. The hundredth anniversary of the Victorine studios where the Children of Paradise and American Night were filmed will be the occasion for a series of artistic events and exhibitions in several museums in the city, whose general curatorial office has been entrusted to Jean-Jacques Aillagon.
Summer 2019 will therefore bring to mind the Masséna Museum 123 years of cinema on the French Riviera. The MAMAC will celebrate the meeting of light and cinema in the 1960s with Op Art, including the 2019 winner of the Marcel Duchamp Prize, Clément Cogitore at the Chagall Museum, Alain Fleischer at the Musée de la Photographie, a major Ben exhibition at 109 and many other events.
With enthusiasm and greed, Robert Roux delights in this profusion of art in the city. Convinced that everyone will be able to find something that corresponds to their desire for art and that this is how we will encourage the youngest to become the artists of tomorrow.
Robert Roux is a Knight of the National Order of Arts and Letters, Knight of the National Order of Merit, Director General of the Groupe Bleu de France, Municipal and Metropolitan Councilor, President of the Business Forum, Member of the Nice Côte d’Azur Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Robert Roux is above all a singular artist who devotes himself to artistic creation with conviction and passion. As a young child, he likes to create objects with what he recovers around him. He made his first works at the age of fifteen by melting plastic, hangers, used singles… In 1970, he attended evening classes at Villa Thiole, Nice’s municipal school of plastic art. He was passionate, in those years, about the artists of the Ecole de Nice. After his studies at the Faculty of Economic Sciences in Nice and a few years in Paris, where he followed the courses of the EBS PARIS, he did an internship in 1974 in a German metallurgical factory in Augsburg where he learned welding and metalworking. During this stay, he made small sculptures in molten metal.
In 1992, he opened a gallery in Nice, “L’espace Art Bleu de France”, in which he will present a large number of artists. It was then that he began to frequent the artists of the Côte d’Azur and collect their works. Then, in 2006, he opened “La Menuiserie”, a large space for unusual creation and exhibition that also serves as his studio. Ben, Esther, Morisse, Myrian Klein, Yves Hayat and many others followed one another for offbeat exhibitions.
As a member of the City Councillor of the City from Nice to the Cinema, to the Arts in the Public Space, to the Pole of Contemporary Culture “Chantier 109”, subdelegated to the Museums and Current Music, and Councillor of the Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolis, Robert Roux has been developing numerous actions in the field of art in the public space for many years, as a sincere lover of the arts.
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