The Enki Bilal sale, which will highlight the work of this exceptional artist, will offer around thirty plates and original drawings by the artist, hitherto unseen and taken from his most emblematic albums: Partie de Chasse, the Nikopol trilogy and also Tétralogie du Monstre.
Born in 1951 in Belgrade, Enki Bilal's childhood and arrival in France at the age of 10 provided inspiration for the captivating world of his albums, animated by ceaseless questions on the human condition. “Very early on, drawing became a place of refuge for me. I must have been 5 or 6 years old.”
A renowned artist, he exhibited in major museums such as the Musée d Louvre and the Musée des Arts et Métiers. In 2015 and 2017, with Artcurial’s support, he exhibited his projects “Inbox” and “Ve(s) tige/Ve(r) tige” at the Venice Biennale.
The world of Bilal in the spotlight
The sale on 13th October will highlight some of Enki Bilal’s finest work. One of the key pieces to come under the hammer will be a drawing in Indian ink and acrylic created by the artist for the cover of the album Quatre? from Tétralogie du Monstre.
Another notable lot amongst the thirty or so pieces on offer will be a drawing in acrylic, pastel and pencil for the cover of the album La couleur de l’air, from the trilogy Coup de sang, estimated at €80,000 to 120,000.
There will be several plates from the three volumes in the Nikopol trilogy, a tale full of adventure and excitement and undoubtedly one of Enki Bilal’s most well-known works. Also featuring will be drawings made for other legendary works in the mysterious world of Enki Bilal, including Vaisseau de pierre and Partie de chasse.
Finally, there will be a few rare drawings that he created for particular occasions. A drawing in Indian ink, gouache and pencil drawn for Amnesty International will come under the hammer along with an illustration for the exhibition Bilal - Le Creusot, 2 minutes d’arrêt from 2006.