Since Monday, works by Jean Laugier, alias Beppo, have been popping up everywhere! Boulevard Clemenceau, Place du Marché, cultural center Chabran. Passers-by turn around, wondering. IT’Sobviously, he’s not doing a big spring cleaning, but setting up his exhibition…
A masterful recognition, to celebrate 60 years of career of the sculptor from Dracénois, known internationally. “There really, no one will be able to wonder who Beppo is anymore, they will know!”ironically the artist, far from being pretentious, but endowed with a sharp humor.
“An exhibition he deserves”
From May 14 to October 2, nineteen pieces created between 1998 and 2008 are exhibited in key locations in the City of the Dragon. In addition to the two installed year-round at the Jarre roundabout and at the Jean-Rostand college.
Daniel Bizien, very often only a few steps from his lifelong friend, says: “We have created, alongside the town hall, a circuit that allows you to discover the different materials that Beppo works with. This gives a general idea of his work, across eras and techniques.”
Moreover, he, too, spoils the public. Thanks to his art of handling words. Some have already had a glimpse of it by reading their book, published last December and simply titled Beppo.
Today, his pen is used to present his sidekick throughout the city. “Alongside the works, the Angles garden hosts a series of biographical panels. It is a large-scale exhibition that he deserves and that we have been waiting for for several years.”
Because Draguignan is “his” city. He loves her and she loves him back. “Huge resources have been deployed, emphasizes Hugues Bonnet, deputy delegate for culture and communication. Visitors will be able to follow a predefined route to be found in the booklet dedicated to the exhibition, but also thanks to the QR codes available on the city’s website and on each totem linked to the works.
So, nothing better than getting lost in the sunny streets of the city center and trying your hand at this major treasure hunt. First clue, the writing does not need to go far, we see two of them from our balcony…