Closerie Falbala

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  When Jean Dubuffet began to build, at his own expense and on his own account, a building to house his Cabinet logologique barely finished, he has nearly 70 years old. Few artists at this age would engage in a business of this size: to embody a pure creation of the mind and to do this, conduct a considerable project which was not smooth or setbacks.

Almost forty years later, this monumental work is today, with the Tour aux figures, located on the Ile Saint-Germain, one of the "younger" historical monuments of France.

“I built the Villa Falbala expressly to house the Cabinet logologique, I wanted to keep my own use. I have to begin with, thought only of the building and is thereafter that I decided to surround it with a checkered floor and painted and then finally build all around the set of sinuous vertical cuts. These have a clear function because on one hand they form high walls delimiting the site looks and sheltering from the sun and hiding the neighborhood, however, at the same time on the other hand they evoke, for plots that decorate the pretense of a landscape. The floor, which is itself also carved and painted similarly evokes not strictly a landscape, but mental and schematic representation of a landscape, so we feel this site the feeling of no longer being in nature but in a mental interpretation thereof.” J.D.


Built between 1971 and 1973, the Closerie Falbala, was really completed in 1976 after many technical improvements. It is entirely covered with storied white polyurethane paint black lines and occupies an area of 1610 m2. The walls and floor were made of shotcrete.

At the center of the Closerie Falbala stands the Villa Falbala (20 m x 15 m x 8 m height) made of laminated resin (1971-1972). Inside the Villa, the Antichambre (1974-1976) leads to the Cabinet logologique (1967-1969) — secret reason for this stronghold of L’Hourloupe — which is accessed by a double door which hosts two figures in black and white : Le Paladin and La Paladine. The fnal installation of the Cabinet logologique in the heart of the Villa was in 1976.

Historical monument

The Closerie Falbala was included in the supplementary inventory of historic monuments July 3, 1990. It was classified as a historical monument, and all the land on which it is registered, on 17 November 1998. The Department of Architecture and Heritage and the Dubuffet Foundation signed an agreement on 16 March 2000, to undertake a complete restoration of the building (50% funded by the DRAC Ile-de-France and 50% by the Foundation on its own funds).

Restoration of the Closerie Falbala

The restoration works were carried out between 2000 and 2003 by the Chief Architect of Historic Monuments, Christiane Schmuckle-Mollard, and directed by Richard Dhoedt former collaborator and foreman Jean Dubuffet, for all that concerns work and paint resin. The main decision of the restorers was covered with a layer of resin laminated walls and floor of the Closerie, originally made in shotcrete. The Villa was restored by sanding painted layers and a new coating layer laminated resin. It was also essential to controm the network of runoff water. Finally, a new campaign was launched in 2008 to stabilize the south side of the field by the implantation of micro-piles.

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Closerie and Villa Falbala
Virtual visit
  Panorama of the Villa Falbala and Cabinet logologique
  Villa Falbala, 360 °
  Antichambre of the Cabinet logologique
  Cabinet logologique