Musée de l’Oubli – Eight collages by Monsieur G.

2014

The eight collages included in this project have been made by “Monsieur G.”, an unknown French artist whose true identity Urso himself does not know (the collages, signed on the backside, date back to 1979). In 2014 Alex Urso found them in a street market in Warsaw: they were placed on the ground among other priceless objects and second hand junk. Intrigued, he decided to save them: after having bought the whole series, Urso spent time cleaning every piece, rearranging it, mending the ruined parts and – finally – giving them a new life.

All the project, therefore, is a sort of archeological operation, a process of bringing back to life something extinct and forgotten. By rescuing these art pieces from the oblivion, Urso translated his action of “creation” – proper as an artist – as an action of “rehabilitation”. The final intention is to make a tribute to the mysterious Monsieur G. and, on a broader level, pay homage to all artists that art history did not consider worthy of attention and memory.