Composed of about fifteen works, the selection highlights the enchanting universe of Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, who are widely considered two of the most original artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Taking inspiration from flora and fauna, works by each artist playfully combine subjects – a cabbage with chicken legs, a pigeon lamp, or foliage that becomes a bronze side table. Whimsical and imaginative, these poetic works inspire astonishment and delight, while also illustrating how sculpture — and art in general — also can be functional, as illustrated by Rhinocrétaire, a rhinoceros-shaped bronze secretary.
Having hosted “The garden of Paul Haim” in 2020, Kering celebrates contemporary design anew and welcomes the public to its headquarters on October 22nd and 23rd, 2022. Visitors may admire the sculptures displayed in the main courtyard of the former Laennec Hospital and discover “Aria of Inertia,” an exhibition of works by the Belgian artist Edith Dekyndt, in the chapel.
Christie’s will unveil the exhibition “Sculpting Paradise: The Collection of Marie Lalanne” during the Paris+ par Art Basel contemporary art fair. It precedes a series of exceptional sales to be held in New York this season.
40 Rue de Sèvres – Paris 7th arrondissement
Open to the public free of charge on Saturday October 22nd, from 2pm to 6pm and on Sunday October 23rd from 10am to 6pm (last entry at 5:30pm).
Situated at the heart of Paris’ 7th arrondissement, 40, rue de Sèvres housed the Laennec Hospital until 2000. Construction of the former hospital began in 1632. Half the space is devoted to gardens, in the style of the great Parisian hospitals. Drawn to the site’s singular architecture and rich history, among other features, the Group embarked on an ambitious renovation project. Thanks to its location architecture and history, 40, rue de Sèvres is a major cultural landmark.
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