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Le Manifeste des Nouveaux Réalistes

16 pages
16 x 25 cm
three photographs
postface by Denys Riout
languages: French
release: 2007
ISBN 978-2-916275-21-5


On the occasion of the exhibition “New Realism, a French scene”, at the Grand Palais in 2007, Éditions Dilecta re-edited the book that started it all… >> voir avec GR si on garde cela

On April 16th, 1960, while preparing an exhibition at the Apollonian Gallery of Milan reuniting Arman, François Dufrêne, Raymond Hains, Yves Klein, Jean Tinguely and Jacques de la Villeglé, the brilliant art critic Pierre Restany (not yet 30) published a small manifesto entitled The New Realists.

It was the first time that the expression appeared, marking the beginning of a great adventure: one defined more by a group of friends than a particular aesthetic school; New Realism would then occupy the art scene from 1960 to 1963.

This “movement” -one whose birth we can trace back to this first manifesto- sought to expose (in Restany’s own words) “the passionate adventure of the real perceived in the self” as well as “pure feeling.”

Great artists feature among the principal players of “New Realism”, including: Yves Klein, César, Jean Tinguely, Niki de Saint Phalle, Raymond Hains, Arman, François Dufrêne, Jacques de La Villeglé, Martial Raysse, Daniel Spoerri, Christo…


Pierre Restany (1930-2003), major figure in art criticism, free and passionate personality, known as “the inventor” of New Realism which birth he consecrated with the collective exhibition in May, 1960 at the Apollonian gallery in Milan. Contributor to multiple journals (Domus, Cimaise, D’ARS…), he was an art enthusiast until the end of his life, helping even then the creation of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.