Born 1926, Saint-Brieuc, France. Died in 2005, Paris, France.
Raymond Hains, along with Yves Klein, Arman, and Pierre Restany, was among the signatories of the ‘New Realism’ manifesto. This unclassifiable artist quickly made his own way and distanced himself from his colleagues. Starting in the 1950s he participated in many international events and exhibitions, among them Documenta IV in Kassel, Paris-Paris and Paris-New York at the Centre Pompidou, and Westkunst and Bilderstreit in Köln. Although best known for his shredded posters and giant wooden matchbooks, photography was how he began, in 1944, and he never ceased exploring this medium, so well suited to his playful intelligence.