Death of Cérès Franco: the collector leaves a strong memory in the EHPAD which hosted her in Toulouse
The art collector Cérès Franco died this week in Toulouse. Last month, she organized an art brut exhibition in the EHPAD La Pastellière where she resided.
She wanted to open the eyes of people who sleep and shake up the habits of the EHPAD (Accommodation establishment for dependent dependent people) in which she resided.
Last month, Cérès Franco achieved what will remain as his last work: an art brut exhibition in the common living room of the La Pastellière residence in Toulouse.
A first that employees and visitors will not forget and which resonates particularly today, a few days after the death of this great lady of art who was 95 years old and whose Coopérative-Collection Cérès Franco in Montolieu (Aude) keeps more than 2,000 works that she collected during her life.
“Cérès Franco bowed abruptly but after completing the tour of his life. She left after having succeeded in doing what she wanted, to organize this original exhibition with us. It was a challenge to go to the end of this crazy project and a great moment to support a resident in what was her whole life ”, underlines Isabelle Gaultier-Blasco, director of EHPAD La Pastellière (Edenis group) .
“Meet the other through a painting”
For several months, Cérès Franco had participated in the assembly of the exhibition, from the choice of the twenty paintings in the studio of the artist Serge David Angeloff, in Montauban, to the determination of the locations in the living room of the residence of which she saw the full potential. The vivid, colorful, sometimes tortured works really appealed to visitors but also to residents, as the former curator wished. The day before the opening, she told us: “You can meet the other through a painting, just as you can live each on your own, locked in your wall of silence, thinking you are already dying. Life is a precious gift and anything that leads to its preservation is a gift ”
During the fifteen days of the exhibition, the La Pastellière residence received a target of visitors, some of whom were sometimes able to interact with Cérès Franco. “She was very happy. Every afternoon, after a nap and a snack, she settles in the room that has become an exhibition room, ”recalls Isabelle Gaultier-Blasco, delighted with this opening to the outside world. “Life does not stop at the door of the EHPAD, it is also the message! », Concludes the director.