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A Curious and Catchy Cat

«  I love being painted by this guy, » says The Cat. J’adore être peint par ce type. Photo Courtesy Huberty & Breyne. Copyright ©Philippe Geluck. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Paris, France —Actor, humorist, television writer and cartoonist, his best-know work is his inimitable comic strip devoted to The Cat, Le Chat in French. He has sold more than 14 million albums worldwide and The Cat (Le Chat )is one of the ten bestselling Franco-Belgian comic strip series of all time. And now the catchy cat from Philippe Geluck is coming to town, first at the Huberty & Breyne gallery which is running a show in conjunction with his monumental sculptures of Le Chat (The Cat) on the Champs-Elysées. So if you are waiting for the galleries to re-open or can’t be in Paris when they do, The Gourmet Gazette brings the exposition Le Chat à Matignon to you.

« Be careful where you chisel, » says The Cat in this drawing. Fais gaffe où tu tapes – Acrylic on canvas, 146 x 114 cm Photo Courtesy Huberty & Breyne. Copyright ©Philippe Geluck. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Matignon refers to the avenue Matignon where the gallery that is hosting the exhibition is located. The City of Paris is slated to inaugurate 20 giant bronze sculptures of Philippe Geluk’s Cat on the Champs-Elysées today and meanwhile to coincide with the outdoor show, the celebrated Parisian gallery of Huberty & Breyne is offering visitors the chance to enter into a behind-the-scenes experience of this epic artist adventure showcasing the predatory sketches underpinning the creation of these sculptures as well as a number of original-format bronzes as well as featuring large-format paintings and drawings.

« I love Giacometti, » says the woman, « I prefer Botero, » replies the Cat who has the girth of a Botero work. Giacometti – silkscreen print on paper, 70 x 70 cm, limited edition of 100. Photo Courtesy Huberty & Breyne. Copyright ©Philippe Geluck. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Philippe Geluk is known for his Cat drawings but less so for his sculptures. « I have been making them for 25 years, but infrequently, » he noted, « I made a three-dimensional Cat for the first time in 1988 using clay. The clay was moulded and a wax model made from it, then a bronze, » he recalls.

The show is running through June 5th. The gallery is closed right now because of the health situation but the exhibition has been maintained virtually on-line, see website below.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette
36 avenue Matignon
75008 Paris, France
+33 (1) 40 28 04 71

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