Coluche, exhibition at the Paris City Hall from October 6, 2016 to January 14, 2017

Born in Paris in 1944, humorist Michel Colucci, better known as Coluche, introduced his dungarees-clad persona in 1971 at the Café de la Gare, a post- 1968 fringe cabaret. He was introduced to the mainstream audience on the night of the 1974 French presidential elections: while waiting for defeated candidate François Mitterrand to give his concession speech, Coluche’s act rocked the whole country. From this moment on, he kept on shocking his vast audience into hilarity as well as serious reflection. From the theatre as well as the political stage - he ran for the 1981 presidential elections - Coluche urged his compatriots towards real democracy. Despite his clownish appearances, he tackled serious issues such as the fight against poverty and most notably founded the food aid association “Les Restaurants du Coeur".
On the 30th anniversary of his death, an exhibition at the Paris City Hall of Paris pays tribute to this unique personality, through a display of objects from his personal universe: stage costumes, photographs, videos of his performances, and testimonies which illustrate the diversity of his interests.
Parisienne de Photographie (collections Roger-Viollet) is among the many lenders of the exhibition.

More information

  • Curators : Véronique Colucci and Fabienne Bilal.
    Conceived by the Department of exhibitions of the Paris City Hall
    DICOM - Mairie de Paris
  • Hôtel de Ville de Paris, salle Saint-Jean 5 rue de Lobau Paris 4
    Monday to Saturday, from 10 am to 6:30 pm
    Closed on public holidays
  • Image : poster of the exhibition
    © Xavier Lambours / Signatures
  • View the portraits of Coluche on Paris en Images