Villers-la-Ville Abbey pays tribute to Johnny Hallyday

From November 15, 2019 to March 1, 2020, the Abbey is exhibiting around forty large-format photos of Johnny by Daniel Angeli. A first in Belgium, almost 2 years after the death of the French rock star.


On the evening of December 5, 2017, Johnny passed away at the age of 74, leaving his millions of admirers in grief. It is not only an artist who then takes his bow but a phenomenon, a legend, a myth and a part of our common history which disappears.

Johnny at the Abbey of Villers (Villers-la-Ville, Belgium), it is in a way the meeting between two monuments of our cultural heritage, between eternal rock and ancient stones.


In 1997, Daniel Angeli became the private photographer, but also Johnny’s friend, for 15 years. From this rather rare complicity in showbiz, thousands of clichés were born. The photographer’s eye has landed on the idol in concert, on filming and music videos or during more intimate moments.

The Angeli Foundation (made up of Daniel and his children) has selected the 40 large format photos (180 cm by 120 cm) which will take place in the framework of the Abbey of Villers. A giant outdoor scene that Johnny the showman would not have denied.

A grandiose tribute at the height of the Artist for the many Belgian and French fans, orphans of the one who made them vibrate for so many years.


Before entering the inner circle of Johnny Hallyday, Daniel Angeli already had a few kilometers of film on his counter. It was in the Dalmas Agency lab that at 15, he discovered photography. Fascinated by the stars he develops in the darkroom, he decides to go and meet them. Case slung over the shoulder, Daniel foams social evenings and immortalizes celebrities such as John Lennon, David Bowie, Liz Taylor, Serge Gainsbourg, Mick Jagger or Brigitte Bardot. In 1968, he created the Angeli Agency and became the master of “people” photos. Sometimes asked, often stolen, his pictures capture moments of life whose only instantaneity guarantees the truth. He was then nicknamed “The King of the Paparazzi”, even though he preferred the term “image hunter”.

Forty of his most famous photos are exhibited in the Romanesque cellar of the Abbey.


On Friday November 15, 2019 at 11 a.m., Daniel Angeli will be present during the press conference and the opening of this double exhibition to answer questions, explain the genesis of his photos and the story behind each of them.

The Johny Hallyday exhibition and the vintage exhibition: a double exhibition for Daniel Angeli, this expert in the 8th art whose life is as “rock’n roll” as that of his favorite model.

In practice Expo Johnny Hallyday & vintage expo by Daniel Angeli + 80 photos in large format

Dates: from November 15, 2019 to March 1, 2020 Schedule Accessible during Abbey opening hours, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Roman cellar and Abbey site Prices: Adult: € 9 – Adult group: € 8 – Student, senior: € 7 – Senior group, students: € 6 – Child (6-12 years): € 4 – Group children: € 3.50 – Child (<6 years old), disabled people, teacher, Friends of the Abbey: free

Organizer Abbaye de Villers-la-Ville asbl Public contact: info@villers.be – 071 / 880.980 – www.villers.be Press contact:

Jean-Claude Gerlache – jc.gerlache@villers.be – 0479 40 03 67 Laurence Balseau – presse@villers.be – 071 / 880.985

High resolution images: https: //www.villers.be/presse


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