When I met Artus in 2009, while he was preparing a new series of large black and white drawings for an exhibition, I was struck by the amount of slides he kept in the metal drawers under his desk. Everything was classified, listed, numbered and although I had always come across Artus with his Leica, it was obvious to me for the first time that he was indeed, and perhaps above all, a photographer.

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Since we decided to publish our respective journals with Artus on Instagram almost daily, several hundred people have started to follow us and comment on our texts. Our story is, however, quite banal. We are an artist / journalist couple who like many have decided to leave Paris to settle in the countryside with our two children. And then, we met Marla and Raoul, a couple of committed peasants, close to the Anthoposophy movement, fervently practicing biodynamics, potentially destroying 5G antennas and much more ...

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The Deadpan Foundation undertakes to continue the development of this project alongside the artist, by revisiting texts, documents, books, works, and all actions allowing the reinstallation of La chambre in the form of a retrospective, a decompartmentalization between the art and life. La Chambre is a work by Artus de Lavilléon, initiated in 1995. Located on the 3rd floor of a building in the 3rd arrondissement in Paris, it is characterized as a work by the desire to reflect the unity of a life and the desire to place the decision to become an artist at the heart of the work. Inhabited by Artus from 1995 to 2009, La chambre is organized like a pocket of resistance, in which the very evidence of this decision accumulates. By imposing on oneself the constraint of ...

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Limited Edition Tee-Shirt

T-shirt with an original drawing of Artus de Lavilléon
Limited edition of 100 copies, numbered and signed by the artist

50 €
Screen printing on unisex white t-shirt
100% organic cotton spun and combed
180 G / M²

Sleeves set; 1x1 rib collar, Internal neck tape in the main material; Large double topstitch at the bottom of the sleeves and bottom of the body

bleaching/ washing / cleaning / drying / ironing


The Foundation houses the archives of Artus de Lavilléon. With a growing collection of original works, photographs, texts, film documents and drawings, covering a practice of the last 30 years.

Established in December 2020 by Jessica Piersanti, the Deadpan Foundation aims to revisit documents, drawings, photographs, texts, films and create a new form of living archives.

The Foundation has three objectives:

  • Preserve the archives and the heritage of Artus de Lavilléon
  • Bring his archives to life, by reactivating old projects and producing a new body and understanding of his work
  • Produce and organize future works

Books, lithographs, t-shirts, postcards will be regularly available on the online store.

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