It is with great sorrow that ARTEX shares the news of the passing of Jean-Paul Leclercq on Sunday, 11/2/2018. Friend and collaborator of the Centre since its foundation and one of the closest collaborators of Youlie Spantidaki, this great textile connaisseur has always supported us and our work.
Having a classical education, he later specialised in Art History, which served as a museum curator until the end. Τwo of his exhibitions at the Musée des Arts décoratifs, in Paris made history, Jouer la Lumière, 2001-2002, as well as L’Homme paré, 2005-2006.
If you wanted to know a homo universalis, you had to meet him. While walking in an archaeological site discussing Venetian lace or the nature of colours, he already had dated the column from the inscription on the base.
Two years suffering, he didn’t allow himself any break larger than those imposed by his treatment. Only a month ago, he wrote that he was working from his hospital bed for the ENCCRE Encyclopaedia and he sent us some texts. He said that he was given some months to live and he was going to make the most of them. Unfortunately, Atropos came faster.
Our condolences and love go to his wife Thérèse and his children.